Software for Starving Students

Software for Starving Students

Summary: There seem to have been a few points made on my spelling and grammar; I endeavour to make my posts as accurate as possible, in language and facts, but sometimes some slip through. I'm not an English language student, but must point out my grammar skills excel most of my age through "text language" and local colloquialisms - just please be gentle.

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There seem to have been a few points made on my spelling and grammar; I endeavour to make my posts as accurate as possible, in language and facts, but sometimes some slip through. I'm not an English language student, but must point out my grammar skills excel most of my age through "text language" and local colloquialisms - just please be gentle.

"Software for Starving Students" is a simple yet novel approach to distributing software designed for students and others, which help increase productivity with free and predominately open-source software. The software, described by the creators:

"The cost of a college education is always increasing - usually faster than students can earn money. We hope our efforts will help lower students' software costs."

Available for both Mac OSX and Windows machines, it includes a wide range of software for each platform including audio/video software, Firefox, development software such as Notepad++, Paint.NET which is a simple yet effective image editor, Bittorrent downloading software, but also OpenOffice - a free, open-source office productivity suite which rivals Microsoft Office.

Each software item can be downloaded from the web separately already, but this package provides an installer to guide you through each step of the setup process.

Topics: Software, CXO, IT Employment

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  • This is why we are seeing such a move...

    to Linux and other Open Source offerings. The average computer science major cannot aford high priced proprietary software. And since he or she can be just a productive with open source they opt for that road. Then when they get into the real world they have more experience with open source and thus are more productive in that arena.
    bjbrock
  • RE: Software for Starving Students

    I like your thinking - you're absolutely right. Do you think this is fair that students are given an advantage in open-source, yet disadvantage in closed-source software such as Microsoft SQL Server, Windows and suchlike? Could this cause a problem in the near future with too many open-source and Linux experts and not enough for Microsoft and other similar companies?
    zackwhittaker
    • Only a problem if...

      companies refuse to venture into Open Source. Microsoft is definitely not the only game in town any more. Proprietary offerings are generally expensive and no more productive than Open Source. If proprietary software was truly better than Open Source I would see a problem. But that is simply not the case. If your IT people have cut their teeth on Linux and Open Source they can save your company lots of money in software costs with no loss in efficiency. This of course is the goal of any company.

      My company has and is moving to Open Source and it has been a good experience, literally saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Give me a Linux expert anytime over a Microsoft expert.

      Most Linux expert understand IT. Most Windows experts understand Windows. Tell me where the value lies.
      bjbrock
      • Sounds like you may need better hiring practices...nt

        nt
        ItsTheBottomLine
  • OK I'll bite...

    What's the significance of the pink socks?
    none none
  • RE: OK I'll bite..

    It's something I'm "known for" at the University. I've always found that looking smart yet casual is fine, but I always try and throw in some non-seriousness by wearing pink socks.

    I've got a video on the way later this week (hopefully) so I'll see about uploading a photo of my sock-wearing nuttiness in due time as well :-)
    zackwhittaker
  • Re: Software for starving students

    You wrote in your article,
    "but must point out my grammar skills excel most of my age through ?text language? and local colloquialisms"

    I have no idea where you were going using the word "excel" in the sentence above, but I believe you meant to use "exceed" which would seem to make more sense.

    Of course you may have meant something else entirely, in which case I profoundly apologize.

    BTW, I don't care about the colour of your socks; that's personal taste, as long as you don't wear any with sandals: that's the worst offense to good taste.

    bart
    bart001fr
    • Re: Software for starving students

      Although "excel" and "exceed" are almost synonyms, I used "excel" in the context of standing out and surpass, rather than go above or go beyond.

      It sounded better in my head probably.

      Oh socks and sandals - eugh! I agree! But to be honest, during the summer months when the sun is shining, I wear nothing on my feet, not even socks, not even sandals or "flip-flops" as we call them.

      Again it's strange, but I'm a strange person!
      zackwhittaker
      • It's ok....

        Really , you must know "it takes all kinds to make the world go round"...Thanks for the info, Zack...I just got my first Linux laptop and I love it...but I'm a "starving parent" of 2 Uni. students!
        toddler321
        • RE: It's ok....

          I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, and I'm even more thrilled that you've got something out of it! This has given me an idea for a future post - forget students, think about the parents!!
          zackwhittaker
    • oh my God

      I used to wear socks with sandals over 30 years ago and was unaware that it was offensive.
      Maybe we had different view of what was good taste etc.
      Mind you it was the seventies-probably regarded as decadent now.
      These days I wear sensible shoes , with socks-conservative in colour.
      elderlybloke
    • Socks and sandals...

      You must not be from the Great NorthWET. Here it is survival attire. Wool socks wick and dry quicker than cotton. Less chance of hypothermia specially if worn with good 'rock climbing' style sandals. Survial lessons learned the hard way... I don't dress for YOUR style approval I dress for comfort and need. You want to go stylin'? Wear your Bass weejuns without socks... You too can be stylin' 80's style. 8-) Or were you even born yet?!?
      Mick C
      candusound@...
  • RE: Software for Starving Students

    A great idea! My fiance, who is studying for a legal assisting degree at a community college, was <I>required</I> to buy a copy of MS Word 2007--for a timed-writing class! The software for the class could only integrate with Word, apparently. I tried to make OOo work with it, but no go.

    This may not help much, though. Colleges have too much incentive to compel the purchase of software they sell.
    clfitz
  • Students Have Already Starved, it's dead.

    Too late.
    Someguy2