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OpenClass is a simple open-source solution for class control, designed with the following features in mind: - small footprint - light-weight functionality - minimum of non-essential features If you already know how italc, bluelab, mythware, iClass and similar solutions work, you already know what OpenClass is. If you do not, here is some introduction. Introduction ------------ OpenClass is a small class control solution, which helps teacher to control his activities in the classroom. Among such activities, the most commonly used are: (From teacher to student) - screen projection (send content of teacher screen to all the students) in different resolutions and bandwidth usage modes - full-screen resolution-independent screen projection - student attention request (blocking student activities and asking them to look at teacher) - viewing contents of all students screens at once - direct messaging to students - share a student screen with other students - file sharing and URL sharing to enrich class activities - shutting down student computers from teacher - allow and reject students from a specific class - allow to block students from attempting to connect to a class - support for multi-seat configurations and multiple clients per machine (for example, xdmcp-based environments) (From student to teacher) - automatic teacher discovery via broadcast - receiving of teacher screen projection via multicasting protocol, suitable for both wired and wireless environments - "raise hand" functionality to call teacher attention - possibility to select teacher to connect to - automatic handling of network saturation and disconnection events (Misc) - support for Linux and Windows-based operating systems - possibility to have multiple teachers and classes on same network/vlan - multicast throttling to avoid saturating the network - support for customization by means of skins/plugins License ------- OpenClass is distributed according to GPL v2+ license, with a special exception for skins/plugins, which can be distributed under any license as long as it does not interferes with core OpenClass functionalities. The developers of OpenClass want to make the project available to everyone, and we want to continue to make the source code available and encourage outside contributions. By adopting a such licensing model, we believe that we can remain open source and encourage the freedom of development and contribution. In addition, it makes it easier to use this project in situations where the GPL is not an option. Of course, open-source licensing of plugins is skins is preferred and encouraged!