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If your child is two years old or older, rejoice, because today we will be taking a look at a Debian-based distro from France specifically designed for children, DoudouLinux. Doudou is apparently a word that means wubby (the security blanket or teddy bear that some children take with them everywhere) in French and Chinese. Thus, this distro 4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You 4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You When you finally decide to take the plunge and have a stroll through Linux Avenue, you'll need to be able to decide which distro is right for you. Making the right choice is an important... Read More is trying to provide a very safe and user-friendly environment for children to learn and play.

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Once you boot up from USB, you will see a screen to choose to start DoudouLinux with or without persistence.

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After this screen, you or your child will see a screen to choose among a list of activities.

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Your child can choose to start Gamine or Pysycache, both of which involve learning to use the mouse e.g. forming patterns from every mouse movement. There are also many other educational games 5 Casual Linux Games You Probably Don't Know About 5 Casual Linux Games You Probably Don't Know About Read More your child can choose from or they can simply start TuxPaint for a fun session of digital drawing and painting.

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There are also many other educational games that you can switch into. Childsplay, for instance, is an open-source project hosted on Sourceforge that contains a collection of games that teach basic math, the alphabet, spelling and more.

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If your child is a bit older, he or she can also choose to start Mini DoudouLinux or Whole DoudouLinux. Whole DoudouLinux for example, feels like a desktop, with 5 category tabs, each of which contains links to applications for that category. Besides the educational games, your child can interact with multimedia applications, like a piano keyboard application, or a sound-recording program.

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What distinguishes Mini from Whole is that Mini only displays 2 tabs, the Learn and Tune tabs, the last of which has links to settings that will let you adjust your volume, mouse, or even change printing options.

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One of the best features of DoudouLinux is that besides the myriad of educational programs included in the distro, your child can make use of all these resources without ever modifying the contents of the host system, the biggest perk of live CD/USB mode.

Overall, DoudouLinux rocks as a way to help your children ease into using computers with educational games and programs.

What are your thoughts on such a distro? Would you let your children use it? Let us know your comments in the section below!

  1. David Commini
    June 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Are there any language programs that come with this to teach children Spanish, or Italian? What about anything for some older kids on the more technical level, like an intro to programming (basic stuff, i don't expect a 7yo to write an entire OS)

  2. Dhanushka
    May 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

    This will be really helpfull. Thanks.

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