Article from Issue 257/2022

In the news: Zorin OS 16 Educational Spin Now Available; System76 Releases AMD-Powered Kudu Laptop; Ubuntu Budgie Sets Its Sights on Gamers: Linux Mint Edge Is Ready for the Newest Hardware; Linux Kernel 5.17 Code Merge Window Is Closed; and Another Serious Flaw Found in All Major Linux Distributions.

Zorin OS 16 Educational Spin Now Available

Zorin OS 16 Education is a Linux distribution aimed at preschools as well as primary and secondary schools. Building on their already fantastic desktop experience, the developers have added a few tools to help educational institutions prepare students with the skills they need to navigate the waters of an ever-growing and complicated world.

One of the key pieces of software added is Kolibri, which aims to bridge the educational divide by providing access to an enormous library of educational content. Even better, an Internet connection isn't required to use the tool. With Kolibri, school administrators can either create their own curriculum or download materials from educational leaders such as Khan Academy, Open Stax, MIT, TED-Ed, and Sikana. Once downloaded, the content can be shared, peer-to-peer, over a local network.

Other educational apps include Minder (mind mapping), OpenBoard (whiteboard), Minuet (music knowledge), KTouch (typing), KTurtle (educational programming environment), KBrunch (practice exercises with fractions), KWordQuiz (flashcards), and Step (physics experiment simulation). Beyond educational apps, Zorin OS Education includes the likes of Firefox, LibreOffice, and Gimp.


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