What are some of the best Linux distros for my six year old daughter?

Matthew Hay December 5, 2011
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We are hoping to bring some life into one of our ‘retired’ PCs, that will primarily be used by my six year old daughter. I’ve been wanting to try Linux on my own netbook, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. So I figured this should be a nice transition into learning the basics of Linux.

The PC is currently running Windows XP and want to convert to one of the kid friendly Linux distros. What would be my best 3-4 options for her (as well as myself) to try first?

Also, I hear using a bootable UBS drive is a good way to experiment with different operating systems, any objections? Do you have any other advice, hints, or tips to give me the best first impressions, for a possible long term future with Linux?

  1. Declan Lopez
    July 12, 2012 at 2:47 am

    A friend of my parents was obsessed with Edubuntu for a while.

  2. Gurunathaprasad V
    December 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I think bro you can use QIMO linux which best for kids

  3. Bob
    December 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Linux Mint 9. Easy to install and use, and still small. Later versions are getting bloated and tricky.

  4. klu9
    December 14, 2011 at 6:53 am
    • Aibek
      December 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      thanks, haven't heard about it before

  5. Belkira
    December 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I agree with Chris. I have both my kids (now 5 and 8) on Ubuntu, and have had for the last 3 -4 years. I added a couple shortcuts to the desktop for the things I wanted them to be able to use, gcompris, tuxmath, kidoz, etc and for firefox with starfall as the home page. Since I showed them how to use it (5 mins maybe) they have never needed anything more from me.

  6. Chris
    December 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    My kids use Lubuntu because it's small and works on an older computer. Just manually install Gcompris and a few Tux programs and you have the same thing as a distro specifically for kids.

  7. FIDELIS
    December 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hello, the following links will show you some options:

    Sugar:
    http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Downloads

    Edubuntu:
    http://www.edubuntu.org/

    LinuxKidX:
    http://linuxkidx.blogspot.com/2009/03/linuxkidx-english-version-developed.html

    Foresight Kids:
    http://www.foresightlinux.org/foresight-kids/

    Qimo:
    http://www.qimo4kids.com/

    If you want to try it, without installing the live cd or usb should be enough.  Check the link for sugar, it will show and explain how to configure the usb option.

    • Matthew Hay
      December 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you FIDELIS! I followed the Sugarlabs link, even used the in depth step-by-step directions link, but something just isn't right still. I started with a full-format of an 8 GB USB flash drive, I changed the boot order in BIOS, and I even attempted it on a newer laptop (ACER Aspire, running Vista) than the PC I had first mentioned. 
      And the start of boot, it continuously repeats:
       
      vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image
      Boot:
      vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image
      Boot:

      Do you (or anyone else) know what went wrong? Do I have to change anything else in BIOS, or alter something in one of the files I downloaded for Sugarlabs or the Fedora-Live USB Creator? 

      Please?! I feel like I'm so close, but with a slight hurdle of two left...
      Thanks again for you help!

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