Hi all,

As we gear up here in Memphis for our annual Teen Tech Camp, I have a few questions about computer configuration. We have an available group of laptops here at the library that are off the server, and out of the system. It's a great setup when you want to add or delete programs, and perform updates. But, it has led to a situation where about half of our laptops are running Ubuntu (linux OS) and about half are running some variation of Windows. We would love to have all of these laptops running one OS, but the problem we are encountering is that Sounds in Scratch and Pico Boards do not work with Ubuntu. I saw some work arounds on the Scratch forums where you could use a much earlier version of Scratch, but that's not seeming to be an ideal solution either. We are currently trying to make one 'footprint' that can be installed on each laptop.

Does anyone have any experience? Suggestions? Ideas about solving this matter? What do you think the ideal PC laptop configuration would be for running Scratch, Audacity, Picasa, and Gimp?

Just thought I would throw the problem and questions out into the void.



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Comment by Jen on May 14, 2010 at 6:12pm
You sure are a patient woman! Be sure to check in with Cynthia, Alicia, Janet and Brian - they've all done more advanced workshops that might be fun to try.
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 11, 2010 at 9:05am
Ooo! Great! Thanks so much for the suggestions.
Comment by keithbraafladt on May 10, 2010 at 10:47pm
We install:

From the Ubuntu software installer:
Ubuntu restricted extras ( this includes Flash, Java and video codecs)
Gimp ( if not installed)
VLC (video player)
Blender (for 3D development)
Scribus ( this is a layout program)

From the web:

Starlogo TNG

Picasa 3.0 ( from Google)

and we are still looking for a music looping program - so if you find one that's great let us know
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 10, 2010 at 12:50pm
Through the Software Manager I have added Audacity and GIMP. I haven't figured out about Picasa and ArtRage. I know that there is already a photo editor installed. I think it's called F Stop or something, and there is already OpenOffice Drawing.

There are loads of software options to chose from! I think there was even one called Squeak in the Programming section.

What do you guys find best to have installed when using Ubuntu? What do the teens enjoy the most?
Comment by keithbraafladt on May 10, 2010 at 12:12pm
wow - congratulations to you! so its Ubuntu 10.04, Do you think that solved the sound card issues?
so... you've installed Scratch... what other programs have you added? ( picasa? audacity?)
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 10, 2010 at 11:56am
Alright! The disks I burnt at home with my Mac worked! So Ubuntu 10.04 is now on like five computers (...so far) and Scratch is working perfectly! Thanks guys.
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 4, 2010 at 12:24pm
Okay. I posted the issue to both the Ubuntu forums and Scratch forums.
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 4, 2010 at 11:43am
I keep trying to find Scratch in the Add/Remove Programs utility, but it's not anywhere. Other than using that utility, I don't know how to remove it from a Linux OS.

Maybe my personal internet wil be working tonight and I can try to use my Mac to create a liveCD. Perhaps it'll work better than the upgrade option.
Comment by keithbraafladt on May 4, 2010 at 11:28am
Hmm this is an Ubuntu issue I think.
Can you go in and first uninstall Scratch completely?

The latest fully supported version of Ubuntu came out this weekend ( uggh not another install - you say!) the reason I mention this is that I just downloaded the ubuntu liveCD file to my mac, started disk utility, highlighted the downloaded file ( its an .iso ) and then clicked burn to burn an installer CD - I then put this in a recycled computer and rebooted to test it live then when I saw it work - ( and checked sound) I then installed the version - I did not upgrade - I erased the disk to start clean.... I have 6 computers running it.
- Post the error to the Ubuntu forums too! it
Comment by pessonh@memphislibrary.org on May 4, 2010 at 11:17am

This is what I keep getting. Oops! Looks like I cannot insert a .png. Well it keeps saying 'Failed to install package' Errors were encountered while processing. Ergh.

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