Software & Local server

Linux & Free Software

The Raspberry Pi, as most similar nano-computers, runs on Linux, an Open Source operating system that is also "free of charge" and can be used, legally, at no cost. For the user, Linux provides an experience that is comparable to the one provided by other operating systems commonly found on personal computers. By design, Linux is also particularly well protected against viruses and other malware.

All software installed in our computer labs are either "Free Software" or "Open Source": office applications (the LibreOffice suite, Scribus, GanttProject,…), Internet access software (FireFox, Chromium, etc.), image and audio editors (Gimp, Audacity,…), an ebook library manager (Caliber), a selection of educational software, games (logic games, chess,...), programming tools (in Scratch , Python, Java), utility programs, etc.

All installed software is free of charge, legal, and perfectly adequate to introduce young people to most of the features of other personal computer, from getting acquainted with a Graphical User Interface and a file system, to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software,… and moving on towards coding.

An "image" of the SD card (which holds the operating system, the applications and a large number of documents ...) is updated regularly and can be "cloned" in just a few minutes. It allows immediate use of the Raspberry Pi, with no special prerequisite.

We also use another version of the same image, which can be installed on almost any PC, provided the computer meets a minimal set of requirements. We can therefore make a few laptops available for teachers to use in their classrooms and at home when they wish to do so...
These computers can also run additional applications that would be too demanding for the Raspberry Pi, such as video editing software.

The Linux Ubuntu Mate desktop.

Caja, the file manager

Local Server

Our small local server brings additional functionalities to the network: installed on a slightly more powerful computer (such as a good laptop), equipped with more memory and hard drives of greater capacity, and running the same Linux OS. We protect it with an uninterruptible power supply to limit the impact of the inevitable electrical blackouts.

This server makes it easy to backup and share files, hosts a web server (with applications such as Moodle and WordPress), and a Kiwix server with the full content of Wikipedia in four languages (French, English, Spanish and German), a copy of the Gutenberg Collection (tens of thousands of public domain ebooks in French and in English), as well as several hundred educational videos (including "C'est-pas-Sorcier", etc.). 

A Wikipedia page rendered with the Raspberry Pi.