Rubus

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Introduction

Rubus is a project to create a low-cost "classroom-in-a-box" by combining the Raspberry Pi with a lightweight Linux distribution, useful software, educational materials, peripherals and necessary storage. The intent is to produce and distribute them as a charity via donations.

Language localization is a secondary objective, very much based on what storage restrictions arise. It is understood that not everyone speaks English, but most educational material slated for inclusion has the most work completed in English, and even large areas of Africa speak it as a primary or secondary language.

The project lead is Andrew Crouthamel.


Hardware

All hardware is as low-cost as possible while not sacrificing quality or durability. Another goal of the hardware choices are to keep the setup and maintenance as simple as possible.


Operating System

All core Operating System components are as lightweight as possible while still providing a pleasing and easy-to-use interface.


Software

All software is as lightweight as possible while still providing a pleasing and easy-to-use interface. The software chosen is focused around basic office needs and for educational use only.

Internet

Office

  • LibreOffice - Although uses more memory than other alternatives, the collection of features is tough to beat.
  • AbiWord - Under consideration as an alternative to LibreOffice due to memory use.
  • Gnumeric - Under consideration as an alternative to LibreOffice due to memory use.

Reading

Science

  • gElemental - Periodic Table software

Accessories


Educational Material

Materials chosen are intended to be as useful as possible to a classroom or training environment in a small village or impoverished area.