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Even a 2 Year Old Can Use Linux

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| My son arrived to identify what I was mumbling about and found the same 
| scene. However, to him it was business as usual and he walked in to join 
| Annie.  
| I asked him when he had learned to use Linux, to which he replied without 
| hesitation, "Everybody knows Linux." 
| He and Annie just kept playing and trying out some other games to see what I 
| had loaded on the test machine. 
| Needless to say, for the next few minutes I just enjoyed the sight of my two 
| kids fiddling with Linux, as if they had been using it for years. I couldn't 
| resist taking a few photos, and then of course it was time to get back to 
| testing.   
| But in my amusement, I realized the significance of what had happened to me 
| personally. 
| I realized that all of those years and countless people helping to promote 
| Linux to schools had made a big difference.  



Qimo - an Operating System designed for kids

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| Qimo needs a minimum of 256MB of memory to run from the CD, or 192MB to
| install. At least 6 GB of hard drive space is recommended, and a 400MHz or
| faster CPU. Because of its very minimal system requirements, it’s a fantastic
| OS to install on that old PC sitting in your closet and put in your childs
| room.


Linux for Children

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| Kid-Friendly Linux Distributions
| Believe it or not, there are several distributions of Linux intended for use
| by children as young as 3 years old. Child-oriented Linux distros tend to
| have a simplified interface with large, “chunky”, colorful icons and a
| specialized set of programs designed with kids in mind. Some of the
| better-known distributions aimed at children include:
|     * Sugar, the operating system designed for the One Laptop Per Child
|     project. Sugar is a radical departure from traditional desktops, with a
|     strong emphasis on teaching programming skills, but is very strongly
|     geared towards classroom use. Although I’m pretty comfortable using
|     Linux, I’m afraid Sugar might be too different for me to help my nephew
|     and niece make use of it.
|     * Edubuntu is based on the popular Ubuntu distribution. Designed to be
|     easy to install and very Windows-like in its operation, Edubuntu would be
|     my first choice if I were using newer hardware. With its rich graphical
|     interface, though, I worry that these years-old PCs, neither of which
|     have graphic cards, will lag running Edubuntu. And given kids’ attention
|     spans, I’m afraid that would be a major barrier to getting them to use
|     it.


33 Children Review Sugar on a Stick, Squealing in Delight!

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| Saturday was the end-of-year festival at my kids' school and I hosted a Sugar
| booth. I had asked if I could set up my XOs and netbooks on a table for kids
| to interact with Sugar. It was also a way for me to celebrate the Sugar on a
| Stick, Strawberry Release from Sugar Labs.


Qimo4Kids.com - Linux For Kids

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| Nowadays kids are getting more and more familiar with computers. That takes
| place through games, movies, pictures and all kind of educational programs.
| And now, there is a new solution for you to give your kids the possibility to
| use a computer in a fun way.
| Qimo4Kids.com is a website that was specially developed in order to provide
| users with all the information they need about a new operative system for
| kids. This system was created as a version of Linux for kids.


Michelle Hall On Qimo - Linux For Kids

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| In the very near future, we're going to be releasing a Wiki, promoting
| information exchange between as many small grass-roots charities like ours as
| possible, and to encourage men and women in communities around the world to
| join us in bridging the technological divide. Additionally, we're hoping to
| release a more feminized version of Qimo, with a female mascot, and more
| feminized colorscheme, in the next few months, to encourage girls to start
| using technology. We hope to time this release with the Qimo v2.0 release in
| early fall. And third, we're looking to release a High School version,
| targeting the teenage demographic, sometime in the next year.


Two Great Kid-Friendly Linux Projects

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| The Helios Project is part of the Ken Starks Linux Advocacy Empire. You might
| recall some of Ken's more famous projects such as the Tux500 and
| Lindependence 2008. Lindependence inspired a number of similar events, and
| meanwhile Ken and his hardy crew continue with their core work, which is
| building Linux computers for children and families who can't buy their own
| computers.


Review: Qimo Linux for Kids

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| Overall, I give Qimo a good thumbs up.  The developers appear to be working
| hard to make a child friendly distribution, and it shows.  It's also good
| because it gives you a safe, virus free, child friendly environment on which
| to let your kids run free.  It's also a good way to get them started into
| Linux.
| One word of warning though.  It's best not to allow the machine you're going
| to put this on to be connected to the Internet.  This is mostly because I
| didn't really find any parental controls that limit where the child can go.
| So they could very easily stumble onto the darker sides of the Internet if
| you're not with them, monitoring wherever they go.


Qimo does it right

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| For now I give a wholehearted, giant, cartoon-sized thumbs-up to Qimo, for
| keeping very small computer users happy, and keeping some otherwise outdated
| machines in circulation. And for giving me an idea or two of what to do with
| this K6-2.


Qimo, Linux 4 Kids

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| I really like Qimo as a project; it has the interests of children at heart
| and particular those who might be disadvantaged in some way, so it's worthy
| of support for those reasons alone.


Tykes Need Linux Too

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| In our efforts to get GNU/Linux-based computers into the hands of students,
| we find that the majority of our machines are going to kids from ages 10-16.
| That's an accurate age demographic for those who receive what we give. In
| most cases, the child has already been exposed to a Windows machine but oddly
| enough, bears almost none of the hesitancy to learn a new system.
| Much unlike their parents. ("Can't you just make it LOOK like Windows?")
| Yes I can.
| No I won't.
| Lately we've received a larger number of requests where the children in the
| family are younger than the usual requester. Our first install this Saturday
| morning was no exception to that influx.


Giving kids a fresh start with Qimo Linux

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| Taking advantage of that concept is Qimo, a desktop operating system geared
| toward kids that is based on the Ubuntu distribution of Linux. Developed by a
| husband-and-wife team Brian and Michelle Hall, Qimo was released in
| mid-February.


Linux Monday: Distributions Cool and Minty

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| This week on Linux Monday, let's look at two Ubuntu-based distributions that
| are designed to make things easy. One's for kids, and one does a little more
| of the setup work for you.
| We start with the cool as in Qimo, which presumably is pronounced as in
| es-Qimo, based on the friendly Inuit-looking fellow on the default wallpaper.

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