Re: [SLUG] distro for kids

From: jeff (
Date: Sat Nov 13 2004 - 19:51:33 EST

On Saturday 13 November 2004 6:55, Mike Branda wrote:
> Slug
> My wife has winblows and every once and a while lets my 2 1/2 year old
> son go to and a few others. Problem is that he's too
> smart and keeps hitting media links and other popup stuff that load the
> box down with spyware. The other day my wife went into another room for
> a minute to take care of something (his computer usage is usually
> supervised), and when she came back he accidentally had an unregistered
> domain page up with x rated ad stuff around the edges.
> We're considering taking an old box and putting another copy of SuSE on
> it with some squid blocking rules and other system things disabled for
> him, but I was wondering if anybody knows of a kids distro already out
> there with this stuff already set up?? He loves tux racer and tux
> kart!! All that popped up in a quick google search was barbie linux
> which turned out to be a hoax.

Have you looked at Debian Jr.? It is a basic Debian system, but all the apps
are tailored towards kids. There are educational apps, games, typing tutors,
and such. Load that along with something like Dan's Guardian to control what
sites can be opened and you should be OK.

I have a 4 year old nephew, and among his favorites are kbattleship (he loves
the explosions when he sinks a ship), ktuberling, and frozen bubble. As his
reading skills get better, I'll add on some of the educational stuff for him.

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