Skip to main content

Qimo - Linux for kids

Want to introduce Linux to your kids at a tender age? Then you should give them Qimo. Qimo (pronounced “kim-oh”) is a new Linux distribution, derived from the popular Ubuntu distribution, that is geared towards children aged 3 and up. With over sized icons and shortcuts to games lining the bottom of the screen, the interface is specifically designed to make navigation easy to the youngest of users.

Qimo comes pre-installed with free and open source games that are both educational and entertaining, with many more educational titles available for download. The distribution is available as a Live CD but can also be installed on a system – it needs just 192 MB to install.

qimo-desktop

Qimo-GCompris

Qimo comes from a Florida based non-profit charitable organization QuinnCo, whose goal is to help the special needs of children and low-income children by giving them fully-functional computer systems. QuinnCo’s founders Michael and Michelle Hall are husband and wife who are parents of an autistic child.

QuinnCo's computers come almost entirely from donated hardware, which are repaired, wiped clean of their existing files, and installed with Qimo. They even  arrange pick up of any donations of hardware in the Central Florida area, including computers, monitors, printers, internal and external components. So if you live in or near Florida and have any old hardware lying about, consider giving it away to this amazing couple and their organization.

By the way, if you happen to be a software developers with experience in C or Python, then you can even work for them as they are looking for a developer (at the time of release of the first version of Qimo, which is February 18, 2009) to help improve and add to the suite of games included in Qimo.

Comments

  1. We have launched a new kid's Linux this summer. Its name is DoudouLinux ( http://www.doudoulinux.org/ ) and its main goals are the following:

    * be as easy to use as a gaming console

    * provide as much kid oriented apps as possible (currently around 50)

    * drive small children into mastering computer use from age 2

    * be natively in kids language, we currently support 8 languages and provide 7 additional demo languages

    * be simple for Dad and Mum too (no administration, no updates – it's read-only system, no naughty web sites – thanks to web content filtering, etc.)

    Well we propose you to give it a try and let us know ;). Thank you in advance.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

How to Record CPU and Memory Usage Over Time in Windows?

Whenever the computer is lagging or some application is taking too long to respond, we usually fire up task manager and look under the Performance tab or under Processes to check on processor utilization or the amount of free memory available. The task manager is ideal for real-time analysis of CPU and memory utilization. It even displays a short history of CPU utilization in the form of a graph. You get a small time-window, about 30 seconds or so, depending on how large the viewing area is.

How to Schedule Changes to Your Facebook Page Cover Photo

Facebook’s current layout, the so called Timeline, features a prominent, large cover photo that some people are using in a lot of different creative ways. Timeline is also available for Facebook Pages that people can use to promote their website or business or event. Although you can change the cover photo as often as you like, it’s meant to be static – something which you design and leave it for at least a few weeks or months like a redesigned website. However, there are times when you may want to change the cover photo frequently and periodically to match event dates or some special promotion that you are running or plan to run. So, here is how you can do that.

69 alternatives to the default Facebook profile picture

If you have changed the default Facebook profile picture and uploaded your own, it’s fine. But if not, then why not replace that boring picture of the guy with a wisp of hair sticking out of his head with something different and funny?