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Mar 28, 2000, 04:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"Linux is gaining acceptance in schools, but is not in widespread use--yet. But for Linux-literate parents who are home-schooling their children, Linux is an inexpensive and powerful educational tool. Beyond the somewhat limited educational applications currently available, some parents claim the use of the command line interface (CLI) is arguably a source of mental exercise for these students...."

"Dissatisfied with the state of educational and game programs for Linux thus far, Waddell is attempting to get the Kidsgames Project "to get more Open Source multimedia educational games available for kids," he said, "by supporting and encouraging the programmers, artists."

"Waddell is pleased. "They've learned that computers can be fun, and don't have to be completely confusing. They're free to try things to see what they do instead of worrying about breaking things. Things that, at least in MS Windows, they didn't really break in the first place." The family uses the command line interface (CLI) but Wadell remains unconvinced that "CLI is more enhancing then Graphic User Interface (GUI) for certain logic skills. Rather, I would say it [CLI] enhances different skills."

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