Manuscript for the "Take a tour" video

NB! NB! AOG: I suggest we drop this manuscript, I did create it, but see now that it is not that good and it is hard make that video as well. Any suggestions are very welkcome.

Tour introduction

D: mouse can be anywhere

S: Welcome to this brief introduction tour of Skolelinux, also known as DebianEdu.

The desktop

D: mouse can be anywhere

S: This is the default desktop in the Skolelinux standalone workstation profile right after installation.

D: Move mouse to Home icon

S: In the upper right corner Here we have a shortcut to the users Home directory where the user stores his or her files.

D: Move mouse to Trash icon

S: Below is the Trash can, here you can find deleted files or delete them permanently

D: Move mouse to System icon

S: This is a shortcut to the System menu which is basically system directories that are accessible to the user, like remote places, storage media and other users folders.

The Skolelinux panel

D:move the mouse from left to right over the menu

S: At the bottom we have the "Skolelinux" panel.

D: move the mouse to the K-menu and click on it

S: This is the start button, also known as the K-menu. From here you can start your software applications, change your settings, find files etc.

D: right click on K-menu and select menu editor, wait a bit and close it

S: It can easily be customized by right clicking on the mouse button and choosing Menu editor. The administrator can also easily change this menu for all users by using the Kiosk Admin Tool available in the System section of the menu.

D: Briefly show where the Kiosk tool is in the menu.

D: move the mouse to Home icon and click it

S: This is a shortcut to the your home directory where all your files are stored Let's go into the home folder. The home directory It only contains the Desktop directory now, but here you can add any files and directories that you want.

D: close the home directory and move mouse to Iceweasel icon and click it.

S: This is a shortcut to Iceweasel, the default browser in Skolelinux. It is a rebranded version of Firefox and is capable of doing all the stuff you do in Firefox.

D: click the address field and type and select the language of this tour ]

S: We will do a short visit to Wikipedia

D: close the browser Keep it open. and move mouse to OpenOffice icon and click it start OOwriter from the menu.

S: (This is a shortcut to OpenOffice Writer, which is the Word Processor in the OpenOffice suite. From here you can also create spread sheets, presentations, databases, drawings etc. The OpenOffice suite is similiar to Microsoft Office and is able to load and save document in the Microsoft Office formats.

D: write "Skolelinux tour", and make it a header 1

S: This a brief tour so we will not type so much here, but you can do everything here that you would expect from a modern Word Processor.

D: Go to file and click on new

S: From here you can quickly create spreadsheets, presentations, or any other type of office document.

D: Click on spread sheet.

S: I will not add any data, but I just want show you that the user interface is very similar to what you may be familiar with from Excel and other spread sheet tools. Again, you can open and save in Excel format if you need to.

D: Close spread sheet and word processor Keep them open to better demonstrate the workspace switcher below.

S: OpenOffice is a very powerful Office suite that covers most of the needs of the schools.

D: move mouse to desktop switcher, click on desktop 2 and desktop 1 again

S: These small windows represents a desktop, the user have 4 deskops available in Skolelinux. Which the user can easily switch between. This allows the user to have a seperate desktop for each task. You can create more desktops if you need to. This is so useful that you will soon get tired of not having it when you use Windows.

D: Move iceweasel to a new workspace, click through the desktops again.

D: move the mouse to task bar

S: This an overview of the running software. Here we can see running programs and open windows and switch between them.

D: click one of them (eg. writer). Double click the title bar, then double click again.

S: This is called shading, or rolling-up. Again, a useful feature you don't find in Windows.

D: move the mouse to the network manager

S: This is the network manager and it is only available in the standalone profile. It allows you to change your network connections.

D: Click NM applet, then close after a couple of seconds. move the mouse to the clipboard and click on it

S: This is the clipboard, it contains the clip board history and makes it easy for you to paste text that you copied a while ago, not just the last one you copied.

D: Go back to iceweasel, copy something from wikipedia. Go back to writer, copy the title. Paste the title again. Use the clipboard to paste the text from wikipedia.

D: close clip board and move to korganizer and click on it]

S: This application keeps track of your events and todos.


S: This concludes our brief tour, I hope you have enjoyed it and found it interesting.