mhall119 writes: Qimo (pronounced 'kim-oh') is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up.
Qimo's interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want.
Qimo 2.0 features support for multiple accounts and replaces the eToys application on the launcher with Laby, a educational game that teaches children the basics of programming. A new character is introduced to the Qimo environment. Illa (pronounced 'ee-la') is a polar bear.
mhall119 writes: "One of the great challenges to Linux adoption is inertia. Many Windows users, for example, have spent decades learning and using the operating system: they don't want to be bothered with moving to and learning another.
Those are fogies like you and me. Kids, however, are a tabula rasa.
Taking advantage of that concept is Qimo, a desktop operating system geared toward kids that is based on the Ubuntu distribution of Linux."
mhall119 writes: "QuinnCo, a not for profit dedicated to
getting computers into the homes of low income and special needs children, has
released the first official version of "Qimo" (pronounced "kim-oh"), the
customized Linux operating system that powers child-friendly computers.
Qimo is a new distribution of Linux, derived from the popular Ubuntu
distribution, customized for use by children ages 3 and up. Qimo
comes pre-installed with free and open source games that are both educational
and entertaining, with many more educational titles available for download from
Ubuntu. The interface to Qimo has been specifically designed to be easy to
navigate by the youngest of users, with over-sized shortcuts to games lining the
bottom of the screen."
mhall119 writes: Groklaw has an article examining Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz latest blog entry, where he compares the software industry with the newspaper industry and pledges to use Sun's patent portfolio to defend Red Hat and Ubuntu from patent lawsuits. Has Microsoft opened a pandora's box by threatening OSS software?