I previously blogged on the emergence of the Portable Apps movement, reported in a major Australian IT magazine. Portable Apps are fully-featured programs that are installed onto a USB memory stick, enabling their use on any computer, and leaving no personal data or files behind.
Now, portable apps have been assembled and integrated into a free of cost, adware & spyware-free suite. A number of standard configurations have been made available for quick download and deployment, or there are dozens of additional apps that can be “installed” into the suite, taking advantage of integration via a customised portable apps menu system (illustrated right) and autorun feature.
Some of the most useful apps include the complete OpenOffice suite, browser, email, chat, instant messaging, RSS reader, WYSIWYG web page editor, image editor, audio editor, media player, file compression utility, antivirus, web server with application logic & database, and even Sudoku.
If you or your students need to work on a number of different computers, having all your apps in a portable form such as this could be very convenient indeed.