A simple to use media player to play just about any audio or video format in existence, including DVDs
Mozilla Firefox web browser
Transmission Bittorrent client
Pidgen Instant Messaging
Some of the included productivity and creativity applications include:
LibreOffice is a powerful Microsoft Office format compatible office suite; Its clean interface and its powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market. The suite contains the following applications:
Writer, the word processor
Calc, the spreadsheet application
Impress, the presentation engine
Draw, the drawing and flowcharting application
Base, the database and database frontend
Math, the formula editing application
GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing that is feature comparable to Adobe Photoshop , free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format. The design process may begin by doodles on a napkin, a sketched mind-map, a photo of a memorable object, or a mock-up in software which really wouldn’t work to complete the project. Inkscape can take you from this stage to a final, professional-grade design format which is ready for publication on the web or in physical form.If you are new to the process of creating vector graphics it may feel different, but you will quickly be pleased by the flexibility, and power Inkscape offers. Vector design is often the preferred method of image creation for logos, illustrations and art which require high scalability. The Inkscape application is used across a wide variety of industries (marketing/branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning) and individual uses.
LMMS is to produce music with your computer by creating melodies and beats, synthesizing an mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more. It’s a powerful and intuitive full featured music creation package that can do the work of a studio full of stand alone equiptment. Playback instruments, samples and plugins with a typing or MIDI keyboard in a user-friendly and modern interface.Tutorials on LLMS, that are easy to follow, are on youtube
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, cross platform multi-track audio editor and recorder. You can use Audacity to:
- Record live audio.
- Record computer playback .
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
- AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- And more! See the complete list of features.
Ardour is a full featured professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for multi-track recording, editing and mastering. It’s basically a recording studio in a single application.
Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, which supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. designed to answer all needs, from basic video editing to semi-professional work.
Programming / Software Development
Along with having many popular development environments installable through the package manager/ ‘app store’. Neuron systems come with multiple child centric development environments. The following development environments are installed, aimed at teaching programming concepts for diverse age groups:
Little Wizard is a development environment for children. It is intended to be used by primary school children to learn about the main elements of real computer languages. Using only the mouse, children can explore programming concepts such as variables, expressions, loops, conditions, and logical blocks. Every element of the language is represented by an intuitive icon, making it easy to learn.
Squeak is a modern, open source, full-featured implementation of the powerful Smalltalk programming language and environment. Squeak is highly-portable, running on almost any platform you could name and you can really truly write once run anywhere. Squeak is the vehicle for a wide range of projects from multimedia applications and educational platforms to commercial web application development.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the on-line community.Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
Guido van Robot is a minimalistic programming language providing just enough syntax to help students learn the concepts of sequencing, conditional branching, looping and procedural abstraction. Its biggest strength is that it permits this learning in an environment that combines the thrill of problem-solving with instant visual feedback. In short, it is an interactive, introductory programming language that is excellent for learning the basic concepts of programming, applicable in any high-level language. Best of all, it’s a whole lot of fun, too!
Along with the child centric development environments the systems have the Arduino integrated development environment installed.
Arduino IDE is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. Make everything from custom IOT devices and sensor networks, to CNC machine / 3d printer controlers.
Not only are these games a fun way to pass the time, they can spark the intrinsic motivation to learn coding and application design. Since they are open source there are large on-line communities dedicated to their further development. Any aspect of the game is up for modification or refinement by anybody with the skill and ambition. Even entire new games can be created using pieces of the included ones as building blocks.
While Minecraft can’t be included out of the box because it’s commercial software, since it is such a popular educational game, the Minecraft installer is included so the game can be easily installed if the user wants to purchase it. Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.
For those who would like to play a Minecraft-like game for free, Neuron systems come with Minetest preinstalled. Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. Explore, dig and build in a voxel world, and craft stuff from raw materials to help you along the way.
- Easy plugin based Modding used to add blocks, tools and features to the game.
- Multiplayer support for tens of players, via servers hosted by users.
- Voxel based lighting with gameplay consequences (light caves and buildings with torches)
- Almost infinite world and several beautiful map generators.
OpenArena is a Free Content version of the popular classic first person shooter Quake III Arena. Its goal is to create new, original media while providing a stand-alone multiplayer game in the process.
The current supported gametypes are as follows:
– Free for All
– Team Deathmatch
– Capture the Flag
– One Flag Capture
– CTF Elimination
– Last Man Standing
– Double Domination
World of Padman is a cool fun shooter, that includes 12 maps, along with new crazy weapons, colourful player models, and new game types. Furthermore, everything is musically accompanied by the bands dieselkopf and Green Sun. The “World of Padman” is a multiplayer game, in which you can fight your opponent online or have some fun at home playing with some friends and bots.
The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host whom none can stand against! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition
Freeciv is a Free and Open Source turn-based multiplayer empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization.. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age…
OpenCity is a full 3D city simulator game project inspired by the ‘Sim City’ line of games.
You are captain of the cargo ship Chromium B.S.U., responsible for delivering supplies to our troops on the front line. Chromium B.S.U. is a fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling shooter.
Nexuiz is an extremely competitive fast paced arena multiplayer first-person shooter which started as a Quake modification.