{Gnu/Linux Os for Visual Interaction}


A Live DVD based on Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS) with carefully selected packages for Science Education.


In the context of thousands of crores of rupees  being siphoned out of India on proprietary software and the freedom of user is at major risk, it is of national importance to use free open source software.

Free software is software that respects your freedom. You can use it without restrictive licenses; make copies for your friends, school or business. To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting your rights to learn and to share what you learn with others.


We at G S S College, Belgaum , are  proud to present Gnovi 2.0.0 (second version)   Gnu/Linux Operating system for science education. A remastered linux distribution specially prepared for Inspire Internship – 2012.

Gnovi is a latin root verb which means “to know”, “learn”, “experience”, “be cognizant of” the word is synonymous to “science”.

Gnovi is based on fully free software GNU/Linux distribution. This is a Live DVD that can be installed on any pc/ laptop or can be used without installation.

It  includes carefully selected software for science education. The aim of this DVD is to provide complete educational resources for science students, parents, teachers as well as IT administrators running labs at educational institutes.

We have included educational and scientific software from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Astronomy. Accessories like movie player, sound recorder, educational games, graphic designers some educational software for kids are also included in the DVD.

The detailed installation procedure can be found @ http://www.gnovi.wordpress.com

Software Included:

  • ExpEyes          :  Your Pocket Lab @ Home for learning science by exploring and experimenting – Developed by  Dr. Ajith Kumar of Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi


  • Physics : STEP, GVB, G-Resister, Klogic, Planets
  • Chemistry: Avogadro, Kalzium, G periodic
  • Mathematics: Geogebra, Dr. Geo, Carmetal
  • Astronomy: Stellarium, Kstars
  • Biology: Rasmol, Pymol
  • For Kids : Tux Math, Tux paint  and many more……..

All Necessary softwares for office documentation, internet utilities, graphics are also included.


When installing or trying the LiveCD/DVD version of Gnovi from a CD, your computer has to be able to boot from that CD. Usually this consists of just inserting the disk into your CD/DVD drive and rebooting your computer.

BIOS is not set to boot from CD or DVD drive

Some computers are set to boot directly from the hard drive. This should be as simple as entering the BIOS, enable booting from the CD-ROM drive, and making sure that the CD-ROM is before the hard drive in the boot order.

The most common way to enter the BIOS is to press the DELETE key when the computer is first booted(this seems to be becoming standard). On other systems it could be a different key, or combination of keys like ESC, F1, F2, F10, F12, Ctrl-Esc, Alt-Esc, Ctrl-Alt-Esc, Ctrl-Alt-Enter, Ins or even others. You might have to press, press and hold, or press multiple times. The best way to find out the details of that is to look in the users manual or search the manufactures website. A few different Bios screens.

A common power-on BIOS screen(notice the ‘press DEL for setup’ message)

A typical BIOS boot menu screen

PC requires you to hold down or press a key to boot from CD

Some computers require you to hold down or press a key to enable booting from the CD drive, the best place to find this information is in your computers user manual or the manufactures website. Here are some common keys to try if you lack that information.

Apple Computers and others: Hold down the C key while rebooting. Toshiba, IBM and others: press F12 while booting to get to the boot menu and choose CD-ROM. Asus and others: press TAB key while booting and select CD-ROM from boot menu.

After booting the pc select start custom live cd in graphical mode

Note: Installation process screen shots will be made available on http://www.gnovi.wordpress.com


1. Gnovi

(Verb- Latin)

To know

know how, be able (to)


learn, find out

be cognizant of

# gnovi is synonymous to ‘Science’


What is Free Software?

“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • Freedom 0  :       The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
    • Freedom 1  :       The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
    • Freedom 2 :        The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
    • Freedom 3 :        The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits . Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

3. Live DVD

Live CD/DVD is a bootable CD/DVD that runs Linux directly from CD/DVD without installing. It is  a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system. Live CDs are unique in that they have the ability to run a complete, modern operating system on a computer lacking mutable secondary storage, such as a hard disk drive.

The term “live” derives from the fact that these CDs each contain a complete functioning operating system on the distribution medium.

The default option, is to allow the user to return the computer to its previous state when the live CD is ejected and the computer is rebooted


4. GNU

The name “GNU” is a recursive acronym for “GNU’s Not Unix!”; it is pronounced g-noo, as one syllable with no vowel sound between the g and n.

GNU is often used with a kernel called Linux. The combination of GNU and Linux is the GNU/Linux operating system, now used by millions and sometimes incorrectly called simply “Linux”.




Gnovi 2.0.0  Live DVD

Remastered from  Ubuntu 12.04


Prof. Praveen Patil

Department of Physics

G S S College, Belgaum


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