Qimo 4 Kids is a Linux 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.
How to use?
In order to try Qimo, you will have to burn the ISO file to a CD-R/CD-RW as a CD Image, not as a regular file. Some CD burning software can do this, othes can't. If yours doesn't have an option to treat the file as an image, you can get a free program here that will.
Once you have the CD created, just leave it in your CD drive and reboot your computer. When Qimo first boots, it gives you the option to try it from the CD, or install it to your computer. Trying it from the CD means that nothing on your computer will be changed, you can reboot without the CD and everything on your computer will be exactly as it was before. This is the easiest way to try Qimo, though it will run a bit slower this way.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· We have introduced a new character to Qimo, her name is Illa, a cute and cuddly little polar bear. Illa (pronounced 'ee-la') is an Inuit word that means "friend", and we know she'll find her way into the hearts of your kids. She also has her own wallpaper featuring the artic landscape at dusk, filled with hues of pink and purple with the Auroa Borealis shining in the sky. Choose from a variety of Qimo and Illa wallpapers to find the one that is just right for your child.
· Have more than one child? With Qimo 2, they can each have their own user account! The Xubuntu session is still there too, so you can create an account for yourself as well.
· If you are already running Ubuntu 10.04, there's no need do a fresh install to get Qimo. Now you can add the qimo-session package from the Universe repository using Apt-get or Synaptic and you'll get all of the games, artwork, and desktop session installed.
· We have had one game change in version 2. Replacing eToys on the launcher is Laby, a very simple and easy game that will teach even the youngest aspiring programmer all the basics. Tested on an actual 5 year old, Laby has proven to be a very approachable and effective teaching tool that we hope will inspire a new generation of software developers.