Roger Herz-Fischler

Last updated 2016.11.15

All the material discussed below is included in the ISO file/DVD with links to updates and new material being accessible from this page. The manuals were especially written with students in mind and may be distributed, either for free, or, in the case of schools, and universities, on a cost plus basis. They can of course be used with any LInux distribution.

The ISO file for Student Linux; version of 2016.11.15   

To burn a copy of the ISO file under Windows:
1. Insert a blank DVD disc
2. Double-click the .ISO file to launch Windows Disc Image Burner
3. Click Burn

If you are using LINUX with the KDE desktop then you can burn a copy using K3B. [For some reason, burning the ISO file proceeds normally until about 95% has been copied. After that the software (K3B) hangs for a few minutes and then ejects the DVD. However the DVD works fine. Once you have one DVD, copying it proceeds without any hitches.]

If you are teacher in a Canadian secondary school and have difficulties creating the DVD, please write me at and I will be pleased to send a copy to your school address. One per school please; you can make as many copies as you wish.

The DVD can be run "live" or installed; see, An Introduction to Student Linux

An Introduction to Student Linux   . Student Linux is a live, pre-configured version of PCLinuxOS with the KDE desktop. It contains software of particular interest to students in fields such as engineering, computing, science, any discipline involving statistics, and mathematics. The DVD contains only open-source and free software such as:

  • The basic interface and desktops  

  • Konqueror : the best file manager around;   
    Among Konqueror features are: create new directories for specific projects; split screens to facilitate the transfer of files from one directory to another or to and from a USB travel stick; and bookmarking of directories.

  • Kate: an excellent text editor    
    Among Kates features are: context recognition where the code commands are highlighted and omissions and errors can be more quickly located and corrected; split screens so that one can easily transfer material from one file to another (or from the top to the bottom of the same file); rapid switching from one open file to another; and bookmarking of directories.

    [N.B. A text editor is not the same as a word processor, such as Abiword---included in Student Linux---which have formatting formatting features; text editors are used e.g. for typing programs in Octave and pages for use with TeX/LaTeX, where one gives the formatting commands as code.]

  • Konsole: terminal emulator;   
    A terminal emulator (console, etc) is where you give line commands (terminal commands, shell commands, bashrc commands, etc.)

  • Okular : The all purpose viewer;   
    For viewing pdf, png, jpg, eps ... files. You can copy text from a PDF file and copy it into a text file.

  • Mounting and unmounting a USB device  

  • The calendar program "Remind"  

  • A Guide to Octave and Matlab (Octlab)    This is more advanced than An Introduction to Octave for High School and University Students and uses only those commands which are common to both programs. "Octlab'' is my term for running Octave using Matlab commands.