All the material discussed below is included in the ISO file/DVD with links to
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
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 email@example.com 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
It contains software of particular interest to students in fields such as
computing, science, any discipline involving statistics, and mathematics. The DVD
only open-source and free software such as:
Octave for computations, data anlysis/statistics, plotting
Tex/Latex for typesetting at a professional level.
Abiword, a word
General tools for: editing of images, disk-burning, snapshots of all or part of
the screen, creating PDF files from images, combining and splitting PDF files,
conversion of units etc.
The basic interface and
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
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
of the same file); rapid switching from one open file to another; and
[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
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.