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[News] Building Another Linux Desktop for Young Children and Newbies

  • Subject: [News] Building Another Linux Desktop for Young Children and Newbies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 01:48:49 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Doin' it for the Noob...

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| As much as I sincerely dislike the term "noob", I will use it here. Not in a 
| derogatory fashion but just as an attention-getter in the title. Besides, 
| there are so many rhyming possibilities.  
| Here is what I want to do. I am going to present "The Noobie Desktop". This 
| is, with room for generous variation, the basic desktop I present our new 
| Linux Users upon initial install and during our Linux Labs. Let's take a few 
| minutes and kick the tires, slam the doors...even take it for a spin. Then we 
| can get to the real value of my blog.    



Edubuntu - A real life experiment - Linux and a 9 year old

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| With a Dell Celeron, 256MB Ram and basic integrated graphics, Dawn and
| I struggled with what to do for Andy'y computer. After deciding Vista
| was not an option, and that it just wasn't a good investment to throw
| $100 worth of ram into a $250 computer, we decided to look to Linux.
| Dawn and I have both been playing with Linux quite a bit lately, so
| we felt comfortable giving it a go.
| [...]
| The One Laptop Per Child initiative is great for the 3rd world
| countries. Let's see what it would take to turn all of our older
| desktops into great educational computing environments for children
| here at home.


You silly rabbit Linux is for kids

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| If you own an older computer (Pentium 2 or newer) and have a few
| hours free one weekend you can build your children a great computer
| so that they can play educational games and do their school work.
| Now you can finally have your computer back. 


Out of the mouth of babes: Linux is Better 

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| When I asked my son why he had snatched my laptop instead of using the
| family PC, he replied without hesitation: "Because Linux is better."


Doing it for the kids, man: Children's laptop inspires open source projects

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| OLPC is getting indirect benefits from Nokia's 770 Internet
| Tablet, including the long-awaited ability to add input
| devices without restarting the GUI subsystem, which Nokia
| developer Daniel Stone added for the 770.


Mandriva One Not the Linux Dinosaur of Old

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| I found early versions of Linux weren't very user-friendly, so this
| time around, I used my 7-year-old son as my test subject. I gave him a
| little lesson on how to use Mandriva One and off he went. On his own, he
| was able to boot up the machine and get himself online to his favorite
| kid Web sites without any problems at all -- meaning today's Linux has
| a short learning curve.


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