Qimo Linux designed for younger open source fans

By   |  February 25, 2009

Do you want to give your kids a good open source start in life? Then maybe you should be introducing them to Qimo, an Ubuntu-based desktop designed for younger users. Qimo – pronounced “kim-oh” – is the product of non-profit organisation QuinnCo, founded by Michelle and Michael Hall. Designed for users three years and older, Qimo is pre-installed with free and open source games that are both educational and entertaining.

The interface has also been customised to be easy to navigate by the youngest of users, with over-sized shortcuts to games lining the bottom of the screen.

QuinnCo is an organisation dedicated to getting computers into the homes of under-privileged and special-needs kids. Quimco was developed to be used on the rebuilt computers the organisation donates to children.

I haven’t tried this yet, but my kids have already declared a preference for Ubuntu over Windows XP in our home so it looks like it might be well worth trying it out.

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4 Responses to “Qimo Linux designed for younger open source fans”

  1. Andrew
    March 9th, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    Cute simple interface. I’m going to let my 3 yr old son try it out at home today.
    The “about us” at Qimo site is worth reading too, to see how Qimo came about.

  2. basil
    April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

    there apears to be no download button on the home page so how do you get the o/s

  3. Alastair Otter
    April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

    @basil:
    There is a “download” menu item on the left hand side of the front page: http://www.qimo4kids.com/

  4. Andrew
    April 3rd, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    I le@Andrew: I let my son try it out, he had never used my computer before, within 15 minutes he was clicking away, and now the first question I get asked when I get home is “can I play computer”.

    I still run it off the liveCD to protect my files :-)

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