This is a list sent to us by Edward, a listener, of disk based GIS systems. These are bootable systems that do not require you to istall anything to your computer. I am only familiar with a couple of these, so I will have to look into most of them myself. If you are looking into them and would like to write a review of your experiences send it to us and we will post it as one of our review columns. Have fun playing with them.
and, much more simple apps for primary school students
One of the many sites that track Linux live-cd distros:
and, of course, the FreeGIS project frequently features news about the above and related open-source and low/no-cost software and data:
On a different topic, there are some great resources for transit and transportation system mapping available from
the Bureau of Transportation Statistics; National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) 2005 CD
and the Moakley GeoGraphics Laboratory