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How to introduce Linux to your kid?

TroysBucket (1748662) writes | about 10 months ago

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TroysBucket (1748662) writes "Hypothetical: Let's say you are a Linux nerd (I know... big stretch) and you want to introduce Linux, and Open Source, to your kid at as young of an age as possible. How do you do it? How do you get your little one excited (even as young as 2 or 3 years old) and help them to use it? This article covers a few ideas, but I'd love to hear more thoughts from you."
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Android? (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about 10 months ago | (#45485441)

My kids are 8 and 11 now, but they started using more Linux a few years ago.
Here's my running list of games our kids play:
http://trumblings.blogspot.com/2012/08/best-games-for-children.html [blogspot.com]
(yes, all types of devices, but Linux and Android are covered.)

Minecraft is certainly high on their list, and I'm liking it because it gets them started on running servers, ports, server commands, backups, mods, etc. We got 2 minecraft accounts back during the beta days when they were $15 a pop, but now I think you can still get an educational discount if you go through the right channels.

Also, here's how I used Linux to save some money on a nice gaming box for both of them:
http://trumblings.blogspot.com/2012/10/multiseat-linux-setup.html [blogspot.com]

Just do it (1)

darkwyrm76 (1030616) | about 10 months ago | (#45552009)

Don't worry about introducing them to open source until they're old enough to know why the source is important. Just show them cool stuff to do on the computer, which just happens to be using Linux. My family uses Linux Mint most of the time, rebooting to that other OS only when absolutely necessary.

My kids' first program? TuxPaint on pre-Unity Ubuntu. They both learned their letters and other stuff with it and had a blast with it. ktuberling is another one. My 11-year-old daughter has used Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and the MATE version of Linux Mint. She sees how much better the penguin runs than the manure from Redmond. What does she do now? Play Flash dress-up games from within Google Chrome and multiplayer Minecraft with her brother and I.

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