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Major organizations for Free Software/Open Source

Free Software Foundation
Free Software Foundation Europe
Free Software Foundation India
Software Liberty Association of Taiwan

Software in the Public Interest and its Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/Hurd projects
Linux International
The Open Source Initiative
The XFree86 Project
The Free Standards Group, parent of the Linux Standard Base
The Apache Software Foundation
The GNOME Foundation
The KDE League
Affero, a company enabling fundraising for projects and causes in open source/free software.

Letter Sounds
FREE! Children learn letter sound relationships playing a free educational phonics games using

the modalities - sight, sound, movement - that a computer makes possible.

Letter sound games for young children to learn beginning phonics. Free Software.

Play all Letter Sounds online - no download or installation - PC or Mac

Letter Sounds  - Children choose the correct letter that begins the word.

Letter Sounds - Blends  - Blending consonants to make the initial sound of a of a word.

Letter Sounds - 'S' Blends  - Blending 's' and another consonant to make the initial sound of a of a word.

Letter Sounds - Short Vowels  - Selecting the correct short vowel to begin a word

Letter Sounds - Long Vowels  - Selecting the correct long vowel to begin a word 

Build a Medieval Castle        
Build your own Medieval Castle
     Free software to build your own medieval castle, complete with towers, gatehouse and keep. To understand the parts of a castle, and why it was built that way, how an army lay siege to a castle, how a castle was defended, or what it might be like to live in a castle (this varied depending on who you were) - build a model castle. Build your own Medieval Castle is fun, educational hands-on learning. Free Software.
Shields, Knights and Heraldry   Shields, Knights and Heraldry
     Free software to print out shields and the elements of heraldry to create your own coat of arms. Learn the terminology and history of coats of arms. Free Software!
Walk through the continents   MegaMaps - Walk Through the Continents  NEW!  online version
     Print U.S. and World maps from a single page to 8 pages (nearly 7 feet across). Large maps to learn geography, to color for fun, or to put together as a puzzle. This is a fun way to learn the states, their capitals and foreign countries. Great for classrooms and homeschool. Free Software.
Make a Town   Make a Town
Make a Village
     Two free software programs with activities for students to create their own model towns or villages. Make a Town has 10 different houses and 7 stores; Make a Village has 5 houses, an apartment house and a church with a steeple. Kids set out streets, decide where different buildings should be and put in parks and shopping districts. This project teaches kids about how towns are arranged and how they grow. It can be used to teach everything from math to architecture, or just for fun. Free Software.
Make a Farm  
Make a Farm
     Software and activities for students to create their own model farm, with silo, barn, chicken coop, etc. Kids set out fields, choose crops, decide what animals to have on their farm, and what to grow to feed themselves and their animals. This project teaches kids about farm animals, crops and where food comes from. Free Software.
Active Learning Projects
     Learning is active, not passive. Learning is doing, making, building, arranging, figuring out, changing. Active Learning Projects has fun, hands-on educational activities for kids K-8 from the Internet. Projects for enhancing, extending, or filling in the gaps in your child�s education; "After-Schooling", homeschooling and teachers. 
     Educational and other links to sites on the World Wide Web.

Uninstall Owl & Mouse Software
     How to uninstall Owl & Mouse downloaded software programs.

Children's Softwares..

Help your child learn with games, software and educational activities from Owl & Mouse Educational

Software.   Early reading software�phonics software, alphabet games, and Dolch sight words in a

 fairy tale story.  All of it FREE!  Free online USA maps, world maps, map of Europe, map puzzles of

the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and many more.  You can build your own castle and coat of arms�free


Download Map Puzzles for PC:

Europe Map Puzzle
Africa Map Puzzle
South America Map Puzzle
Asia Map Puzzle

Middle East Map Puzzle
U.S. Features
Canada Map Puzzle
United States 
Australia And South East Asia Map Puzzle
Central America Map Puzzle
Continents Map Puzzle
World Features

World Monuments
Essential Downloads
 Spyware/Adware Removers
Ad-Aware 2007 Free
Spyware Terminator
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Microsoft Windows Defender
 Anti-Virus Tools
AVG AntiVirus Free
avast! 4 Home Edition
Malicious Software Removal Tool
NTFS4DOS Private 1.4
avast! Virus Cleaner
 Internet Privacy & Security
Comodo Personal Firewall
PC Tools Firewall Plus
Index.dat Suite
 Audio/Video Players
AIMP Classic
Windows Media Player

Major personalities in the Free Software/Open Source community

Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project. 

 Profiled in Steven Levy's 1984 book, Hackers: the Heros of the Computer Revolution as

 the Last True Hacker, he started the Free Software movement in the 1980s and is

considered by many to be the father of Free Software/Open Source.

Linus Torvalds, initial author and top maintainer of the Linux kernel, and

possibly the most respected figure in the community.

Larry Wall, author of the popular Perl language.

Eric Raymond, author of the famous paper The Cathedral and the Bazaar,

 and responsible for the popularization of the name Open Source

Bruce Perens, editor of the Debian Free Software Guidelines and the Open

 Source Definition, the former considered by the community as the basic law.

Alan Cox, active contributor and maintainer of the Linux kernel.
Guido van Rossum, author of the Python language.
Miguel de Icaza, founder of GNOME.

What is Free Software?  What is Open Source?

Free Software, as used in this web site, refers to software distributed in source form which can

 be freely modified and redistributed, or freely modifiable and redistributable software.   It does

 notrefer to zero-cost software.   This usage of the name "Free Software" was common in the

Unix world and recently introduced to the general computer community.  Free Software is

 also referred to as Freed Software, Liberated Software (software libre) or FRS

(freely redistributable software).   "Open Source" is a marketing name for Free Software,

 coined in Feb 1998 as an attempt to overcome the confusion over the word "free" in

the English language.   Open Source refers to the fact that the source code of Free

Software is open to and for the world to take, to modify and to reuse. The precise meaning

of Free Software is spelled out in the Debian Free Software Guidelines or the

Free Software Definition while Open Source is defined officially by the

Open Source Definition. Open Source and Free Software refer to, originally the

same (around Feb 1998), but now different but largely similiar, set of software,

but they emphasize different rationals; see Why ``Free Software'' is better than ``Open Source''

for more explanation.