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Michelle Hall On Qimo - Linux For Kids

Mar 26, 2009, 21:31 (1 Talkback[s])

"We selected a mascot that is child-appealing; he's friendly, and likeable, but not so engaging that a child can not tune him out in favor of the games. Additionally, we've stripped out any and all administrative priveleges from the child's user account. While this may not make the computer any more child-friendly per se, it takes away some of the apprehension of the parent, and so the child gets more of a chance to actually use a computer...

"Additionally, any and all developers are encouraged to join us on our campaign to get computers into the hands of needy children. We run a small grass-roots charity, QuinnCo Inc., that recycles computers, loads them with Qimo, and places them with children within our community in Lakeland. The time and effort required is not great; we encourage as many people as we can to do much the same thing, even if it's one computer at a time. We, just Michael and I, have placed 12 computers since January, are gearing up for a 12-seat computer lab in June, and have a wait-list of children."

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