I decided recently I wanted to give my kids back a computer… I had configured an Ubuntu box for them before but we ended up selling the laptop we were using for them so they were left without. They are only 7 and 4 years so it wasn’t a big deal.. only the 7 year old was old enough to figure anything out.
But anyway, I went and dug out an old Toshiba Satellite 4300.. a nice stone aged laptop coming it at a massive P-III 700mhz and 256MB RAM. Heh.
Well the most recent disk I had laying around with an updated OS on it happened to be Linux Mint due to the fact I recently blogged about it. So I went ahead and grabbed that and off I went.
Since the machine I’m using for the children comes with the massive and powerful hardware that it does… I opted to load LXDE immediately after putting Mint on it so I can keep as much of the resources free as possible for the games!
I then setup their own little Launch Panel like in the Journal above:
After I got all that software installed via APT I decided to try that Willow setup listed in the Wiki. However, the install wasn’t as easy as I hoped from reading that wiki and ended up having to do it manually by following the steps here.
Once that was loaded I tested it and sure enough.. a rather ugly yellow page comes up with “content inappropriate” message. Yay for filtering.
Another item I added to my kids linux is a Firefox Add-on called KidZui. I haven’t gotten around to signing up for it or anything so it isn’t quite operational. When I decide to give it a full try I’ll make a new blog entry on whether I like it or not.
A quick look at the software I have ready for my kids:
That should be enough to keep the kids busy for a while and learning the computer, Linux, and various school subjects while keeping them off the TV and the Wii.