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  • Handwriting Recognition

    Apple-Newton Handwriting Recognition
    Despite the abysmal recognition accuracy in the first generation Newton, most Newton afficianados or people interested in handwriting recognition will tell you that the second generation, "Print Recognizer" in Newton OS 2.x was a vast improvement, offering fast and surprisingly accurate recognition.
    Maintained by Larry Yaeger.
    CellWriter is a grid-entry natural handwriting input panel. As you write characters into the cells, your writing is instantly recognized at the character level. When you press Enter on the panel, the input you entered is sent to the currently focused application as if typed on the keyboard.
    Maintained by Michael Levin.
    Lipi Toolkit (LipiTk)
    LipiTk is an open source toolkit for online Handwriting Recognition (HWR), supported on Windows as well as Linux.
    Maintained by HP Labs India.
    NICI (Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information) Handwriting Recognition Group
    The advent of pen computers and PDAs has opened new possibilities in "ubiquitous computing." However, automatic recognition of handwritten input (HWR) is still not really optimal, and user-interfacing issues have not settled. The NICI has been active in human handwriting movement studies for over a decade, and has been involved in the recognition of online, cursive connect script since 1990.
    Maintained by Lambert Schomaker and Louis Vuurpijl.
    Experiment with human computer interaction, especially gesture based computing.
    Maintained by Mike Bennett.
    LibStroke - a stroke translation library
    LibStroke is a stroke translation library. Strokes are motions of the mouse that can be interpreted by a program as a command.
    Maintained by Mark Willey.


    XO: The Children's Machine
    The children's laptop from One Laptop per Child, a potent learning tool created expressly for the world’s poorest children living in its most remote environments.
    Squeak is one of the key pre-installed applications.
    To facilitate and advocate the use of Open Source Software on past, present, and future highly portable information devices.
    Fujitsu PC Corporation
    A long-time member of the slate PC family; indeed, a pioneer.


    The OpenBIOS project provides you with most free and open source Open Firmware implementations available. Here you find several implementations of IEEE 1275-1994 (Referred to as Open Firmware) compliant firmware.
    coreboot (formerly LinuxBIOS)
    coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers. coreboot performs a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes additional boot logic, called a payload.

    Operating Systems

    FreeBSD® is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD's code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world's busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.
    The Linux Foundation is the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading technology companies and developers from around the world.
    Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux.
    Mandriva Linux
    A full free operating system for individuals and enterprises. For client computers, servers, mobiles and embedded devices.
    Red Hat
    Red Hat's mission is to bring Linux and open source technology into the enterprise.
    Ubuntu is a fast, secure and easy-to-use operating system used by millions of people around the world.

    X Window System

    The open-source X implementation
    The X.Org project provides an open source implementation of the X Window System. The development work is being done in conjunction with the community. The X.Org Foundation is the educational non-profit corporation whose Board serves this effort, and whose Members lead this work.
    X Window Managers and Desktop Environments
    A list of popular window managers and desktop environments.

    Squeak Smalltalk

    Squeak Web Site
    Squeak is a highly portable, open-source Smalltalk with powerful multimedia facilities. Squeak is the vehicle for a wide range of projects from educational platforms to commercial web application development.
    Squeak Swiki
    A wiki built on Squeak, full of information about Squeak. Sometimes out of date.
    Back to the Future
    The Story of Squeak, A Practical Smalltalk Written in Itself. Dan Ingalls, Ted Kaehler, John Maloney, Scott Wallace, Alan Kay
    Home of Etoys. Etoys is an educational tool for teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways.
    Open Cobalt
    Open Cobalt Alpha is the first step in a long term project to make available to all people a free and open source platform for constructing, accessing, and sharing virtual workspaces for research and education. Built on Squeak.
    Seaside provides a layered set of abstractions over HTTP and HTML that let you build highly interactive web applications quickly, reusably and maintainably. It is based on Smalltalk, a proven and robust language that is implemented by different vendors.

    On-line News

    Tablet PC Talk
    The Latest Tablet PC News.
    Pen Computing
    Highlights from the magazine.

    Computers in Education

    Schoolforge's mission is to unify independent organizations that advocate, use, and develop open resources for primary and secondary education. Schoolforge is intended to empower member organizations to make open educational resources more effective, efficient, and ubiquitous by enhancing communication, sharing resources, and increasing the transparency of development. Schoolforge members advocate the use of open source and free software, open texts and lessons, and open curricula for the advancement of education and the betterment of humankind.
    The Open Source Education Foundation (OSEF) was founded on the idea that technology in education should prepare students to excel with technology. It is the role of educators to help students become productive members of society. OSEF will research and develop the tools required to ensure that educators and students alike have the information needed to succeed in our technological society.
    Open Admin for Schools
    A school administration program. It is a freely available, open source software package and is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
    The Open Book Project
    The Open Book Project is aimed at the educational community and seeks to encourage and coordinate collaboration among students and teachers for the development of high quality, freely distributable textbooks and educational materials on a wide range of topics.
    Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
    Some Moodle sites in Hawaii (note different looks):
    Hawaii Preparatory Academy
    Mid-Pacific Institute
    MoodleShare is a community of Moodlers sharing their Free Moodle courses, Moodle Sites, and Moodle Units/Lessons.
    Khan Acadamy
    With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.
    The Institute for the Future of the Book
    Investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens.
    (Note: Sophie version 1.x was written in Squeak.)

    Instructional Content

    This section in particular is not intended to be exhaustive, but simply examples worthy of mention.

    Project Gutenberg
    The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.
    A collaborative project to produce a free and complete encyclopedia in every language.
    The Online Books Page
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
    At a press conference on April 4, 2001, MIT announced its commitment to make the materials from virtually all of its courses freely available on the World Wide Web for non-commercial use. This new initiative, called MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), reflects MIT's institutional commitment to disseminate knowledge across the globe.
    The Library of Congress
    The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
    The Constitution of the United States
    An example of a Library of Congress Web Guide.
    US National Archives & Records Administration
    Keeper of historical documents.
    Perseus Digital Library
    Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language. Our primary goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible. We anticipate that greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through the connection of ideas.