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This is the page of the award winning OpenEducationDisc.  We used to have a separate blog, but we’ve integrated it into the main site and you can now see the latest news for it either directly at or alternatively, browse using the OpenEducationDisc tag.


The OpenEducationDisc focuses solely on meeting educational needs of students of all ages.  Software has been chosen to address specific IT needs across a wide range of subject areas.  The contents of the disc therefore differ from the OpenDisc and are listed below.

Office and Design

OpenOffice.orgFully compatible office software for your school work
DiaMake technical diagrams and flowcharts
ScribusCreate professional looking posters and magazines
GanttProjectPlan your school projects with this project management software
FreeMindCollect your ideas with this mind mapping Software
PDF CreatorMake PDF documents from any program
Sumatra PDFRead PDF files quickly and easily


FirefoxA safe, secure and fast web browser
ThunderbirdManage your emails better than ever – Reclaim your inbox!
PidginTalk to your friends whatever instant message client they use
KompozerCreate web pages easily, without having to code
RSSOwlKeep up with your favourite internet news feeds on your desktop

Art and Graphics

GIMPEdit digital photos and create graphics
GIMP animationCreate animations
InkscapeMake professional looking vector graphics
Pencil – Animate your own cartoons
Blender3D graphic modeling, animation, rendering and playback
TuxpaintDrawing program for children ages 3 to 12


VLCPlay music, videos and DVDs
AudacityRecord, edit and mix music
TuxGuitar – Compose your own music
Piano Booster – Teach yourself the piano
AvidemuxEdit movies and add special effects
Infra RecorderBurn your own CDs and DVDs
CamStudioRecord your actions on a computer
Really Slick ScreensaversGreat looking screensavers

Science and Mathematics

Nasa Worldwind - Discover the earth and other planets~
Greenfoot – Teach yourself how to program
GraphCalcA graphical calculator
Guido Van RobotLearn how computer programs work
CarMetalCool mathematical modelling tool
Maxima – University standard computer algebra system
CelestiaExplore the universe in three dimensions
StellariumA planetarium on your PC


FreeCiv - Control the world through diplomacy and conquest
FreeColDiscover the ‘New World’ and build an empire
Numpty Physics – Solve puzzles using physics
TuxTyping 2Learn to type like a pro
Tux of Math Command – Test your mathematical skills
Winboard ChessThe classic game of chess



Advanced Internet

Tight VNC


If you are looking to distribute the OpenEducationDisc you may find the Distribution Pack helpful

Any Questions?

If you want to know more about the disc or have ideas or suggestions we would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to take a look at our FAQ or contact us.


The Open Disc Project has always been a volunteer operation, though people are still surprised to hear there’s no office, staff or payroll behind the project. Everybody who contributes does so in their spare time, and the project simply wouldn’t exist without the help and support of everybody who has shaped development, supported the project, and spread the word and software to friends and family.

Any mature open source project has people who contribute to development, but disappear over time as they move onto other things. There’s also sticky people, who (against the odds) manage to keep volunteering and continue to make substantial contributions to the project. In no particular order here’s the people who have helped, and those who continue to help this project:

Henrik Ilsen Omma, who thought of and created TheOpenCD, the precursor to this project.

Patrick Patience, who sifts through the program nominations and decides what will appear on future versions of Open Disc, and also manages the forums.

Emmanuel Engelhart, developer of Kiwix, who was integral with the switch to our Kiwix based backend that now powers Open Disc.

Yann Hamon, who originally adapted Open Disc and Kiwix for the Oxford Archeology Club, and who not only gave us the idea to switch in the first place, but helped with shaping it to tailor the project.

Peter Kemp maintains the educational version, OpenEducationDisc, which is tailored for students, teachers, and schools.

Chris Gray founded the project in 2007 and continues to lead the project’s development.

Finally, to everybody for helping spread the word about the project, gave copies to friends and family, and promoted OSS as an alternative.