"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..."