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Old 07-23-2007, 06:58 AM   #1
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Suitable distro for kids?

I got a low-spec laptop for my kid brother to use for school work and hopefully to give him a good base to learn some computer skills.

the specs (in order of relevance):
6gb HD
128mb ram
800mhz P-III
8mb ATI Rage Mobility

are there any distros that would be suitable for a youngster? Skolelinux looks interesting, but probably won't fit on the HD. I don't really know any other distros aimed at kids.

I was thinking of maybe going with something like Xubuntu even though it's not really focused towards education, but something built around that mindset would be ideal i guess.
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As I understand it, Skolelinux (like Edubuntu) is a client-server system that allows you to run terminals off of a main server in an educational environment. Not what you want here.

I don't really see what could be "targeted for kids", it isn't like the system would have a different UI. All that is different in Skolelinux is the bundled software, which you could install on any distribution.

Your best bet would be to simply install Xubuntu (which would be the best suited to the hardware, as I guess you have already figured out) and install the tools he would need to do his school work, and not much else. You can easily limit what software is installed, so you could for example put OpenOffice on there, but leave off Pidgin so he doesn't chat with his friends all night. Or put Firefox on, but make sure to configure everything to go through some kid-friendly proxy.
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Echoing the previous comment, I think a more important issue is using a distro that will run a desktop snappily on the hardware in question. Xubuntu or Puppy Linux come to mind, but I'm sure there are lots of other alternatives.

Essentially, having a nice responsive system with the essentials installed is probably better than having a slower system, even if it is school-themed.
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Gentoo. It'll keep them out of mischief for ages.


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