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I am a middle school teacher in a low income area and am trying to set up a program. We would like to give old computers that we have to students that do not have one. But we can not do this due to liscencing agreements with Microsoft. So,,,,I would like to install a Linux OS on them so that we will be able to recycle and give the children the computers, legally. So my question is,,,which Linux OS system would be best to install for children ?Requirements of the system
- Not overly complex to install ( my part )
- ability to use internet
- ability to use word processing, spread sheets, email, smaller games.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Fedora, Red Hat, Puppy Linux
Bravo! By using Linux instead of MS OS you will be able to use older less powerful computer equipment to greater advantage.
I would suggest that you use Ubuntu or some variation thereof. It has all of the features that you need and being the largest free distribution has the best support on the Internet. The Desktop version comes with OpenOffice with provides MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatibility. There are free applications for photo and image editing, extensive network support included games and depending upon the video capability and memory you have some very sophisticated capabilities.
There are variations of Ubuntu such as Xubuntu which allow you to use the basic OS on older less powerful and having less memory.
The key is that it is becoming a mainstream Linux and it is extensively supported over the Internet.
I refurb donated computers for senior and afterschool programs and by using the Ubuntu, Xubuntu and variations of the same distribution you can teach whole classes with the same commands and look and feel without having to explain differences between distributions.
Ubuntu and PCLinux are good choices but I don't recommend them for systems with less then 256Mb RAM. If you're dealing with P2 or P3 systems with less then 256Mb RAM, then I suggest looking at minimalist distros like Puppy Linux, TinyMe, Damn Small Linux.