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DoudouLinux is a Debian-based distribution targeting young children. Its goals are to make computer use as simple and pleasant as possible while also making information technology more accessible to all children on earth, without discrimination. DoudouLinux uses a heavily customised LXDE desktop with a simple navigation system that offers links to about fifty applications for education, fun, work and multimedia tasks.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Entertaining, educational, and safe
Doudou is intended for children from 3 to 10. It comes as a live CD with no access to the hard drive (for obvious safety reasons) and is very fast compared to most live distros. It can be installed, but that requires downloading an installer (again for safety) and it is not intended to double boot.
It comes with a selection of educational and recreational games, epiphany browser, empathy messenger, totem media player, pdf and picture viewers, a text editor, tuxpaint, and a calculator.
A particular advantage is that DansGuardian is installed and configured. This gives Doudou an advantage over Qimo, since DansGuardian is not easy to set up.
Hardware support is a bit weak at present. There is no support for wireless or dial-up internet. Two games are 3D and only Intel and ATI cards are supported. Doudou suggests 256MB memory (128 possible), an 800MHz processor, and a 800×600 display.
Some of the language needs revising: for 3-year-olds,"compose an image" should be "make a picture".
Everything I tried worked well, and DansGuardian was suitably tough: no watching Madonna on Youtube!