is an application written to assist with the integration of the
a classroom and with their daily use. Its main goals are:
- Providing collaborative tools to its users to make it easy
to share and send information between students or between the students
and their teacher.
- Giving a teacher total control over every computer in the
while requiring that he or she possess almost no IT knowledge.
- Easy of use: with the software's interface, all its
features are one
mouse click away.
- Easy setup, with great flexibility to make the sysadmin's
- Running as either a native Qt application in KDE or as
a native application in Gnome. The same executables fully integrate
- Being able to work also on thin clients using LTSP.
The main utility of
comes from its use and experience in Extremadura classrooms. Many of
its features come from the teachers' and sysadmins' feedback.
first version was released in 2004 and was based on some bash scripts
made by a
teacher called Juan Sanguino.
did some programming tasks at
Calamonte Secondary school where he was teaching and called them "Gran
Hermano" (Big Brother). Since then, many ideas, documentation and code
have been contributed to the growing feature set of the application.
recent version of ControlAula has been built from scratch, adding some
new features and using more robust code, and it is now easier to
maintain the software and accept new patches from other people.
The user only needs to start controlaula,
and depending of his privileges, he or she will see a different
By installing ControlAula you install these executables:
should run as a daemon with administration permissions on all computers.
graphical application for every student, allowing them to share
information and files easily.
graphical application for the teacher. It has the same features monitor
has, but also has an interface to control all the computers in the
classroom. It only starts on the teacher's PC and for users logged in
small wrapper to launch monitor
depending on the user system's groups and the computer he or she is
of use, setup and installation have been the primary goals when making
the application. ControlAula should not be used in high-security
environments. It's designed with primary and secondary schools in mind,
or even home environments, but some of its features make it vulnerable
to people with good programming and networking
skills. You have been warned...
ControlAula has been
José L. Redrejo Rodríguez. In the
beginning, it was written for Extremadura schools, but its popularity
around the world and leapt from classrooms to office environments --
and even to homes with several computers.
This application is in debt to many teachers and sysadmins for their
suggestions, feedback, and help. Some of the most important
contributors (who donated ideas, docs, help, and bugfixes
Paniagua Sánchez, Daniel Campos
Fernández, Juan Sanguino, Francisco
Ullán de Celis, Javier Majado
Torre, Antonio Abasolo, Antonio
And the translators:
Ismael Campos Suárez, Rafael
Jesús García Perdigón, Vicente Parejo
Sosa, Manuel Fariñas, Juan
Claude Paroz <paroz at
Turkish: Zeki Celikbas <celikbas at itu.edu.tr >
Italian: Andrea Grandi <a.grandi at gmail.com>
Portuguesse (Brasil): Carla Betioli
<leteras at gmail.com>
English: Julian Graham <joolean at gmail.com
Copyright (C) 2004-2008
José L. Redrejo
Rodríguez <jredrejo en
This program is free software; you can
redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either
version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope
that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even
the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more
You should have received a copy of the
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along with this program; if not, write
to the Free Software
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