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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| keeping very small computer users happy, and keeping some otherwise outdated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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