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NewsForge: Linux Can Give Kids an Edge

Sep 19, 2004, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"Have you ever thought about turning your kid into a computer geek? While we might not want to go quite that far, as savvy future professionals, they'll no doubt need wide ranging computer skills. Linux offers youngsters a richly featured, comprehensive, hands-on environment that they can use to learn about applications, networks, servers, and how to make it all work together. If you work with them, you can even start to instill some of your hard-earned business acumen, as well.

"My eight-year-old daughter Katie and I put together an old 200MHz Pentium desktop with 128MB of memory, an 8MB video card, generic sound card, 10/100 network card, and SUSE Linux 8.2 Professional for her to use as her machine. I ran a Cat-5 cable from her computer to my router so she can get to her favorite Web pages, as well as my internal file and Web servers. From this she discovered what a network is, saw how to log into a remote machine, learned how to copy a file from a remote machine, and began to grasp the multi-user concept..."

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