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Old 03-02-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

My question is really two parts and I'll try to be as clear as possible.

Q1. I'm trying to choose a free Linux distribution best for kids. I know there have been numerous articles/threads, etc.. on best desktop linux but I was wondering if people can respond with their experiences... Here are the ones that I have narrowed down so far, feel free to add if I have missed a good one:
1. freespire
2. fedora
3. ubuntu
4. xandros
5. simply mepis
6. mandriva
7. opensuse
(Thats a little too many already I think, considering I need to try them and then finalize...

Q2. Is there a way to control internet access for the kids. For example can I specify somewhere a list of a few kids websites and only those websites can then be accessed...?

Thanks very much everyone....

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Originally Posted by uzee View Post
Hi Guys,
Q2. Is there a way to control internet access for the kids. For example can I specify somewhere a list of a few kids websites and only those websites can then be accessed...?

Thanks very much everyone....

I'll skip over question one.

As for #2) you have several options, two that spring to mind
right away below:
a) You could set-up iptables rules that block all traffic on
port 80 and explicitly allow those sites you want them to be
able to go to. Very simple, hard to maintain if you want to
maintain a larger number later on.
b) You could use something like DansGuardian to filter web-
content by both black-list/white-list concepts PLUS site

Old 03-05-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
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Not that you should, since I'm not mentoring you (unless you live in Houston ); but I use SimplyMEPIS. (Couldn't resist the bait. )

Q1 Issues
I think you should 1st choose a Desktop Environment ("DE") & that the choice of distro should flow from that decision. So, KDE, Gnome, XFce, or what? Then pick a distro that supports your choice. Defaults to it is nice.

Other considerations are packages & package management.

4 out of 7 in your list use .deb's, the other 3 use .rpm's. Although .rpm tools have "caught up" recently, Debian's APT (Advanced Package Tool -- for .deb's) is superb at dependency management.

What additional software is available through your chosen distro & at what cost?

I would add that you might want to consider do your 'Net access control on a separate perimeter firewall box that only you control. There are several single purpose distros for doing this.


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