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Nacho Installs Ubuntu. Looking for Kid-Friendly Apps. Answered

. I had two HDDs fail at the same time on an old computer that the neighborhood kids use to surf the web. I went ahead and retired the old P3/550MHz machine and replaced it with a P4/1.8GHz unit I had laying around. Instead of using Win XP Pro, I decided this would be a good time to start switching my computers to Linux. Downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 and once I figured out that a 2.5GB HDD was too small (Ubuntu would install OK, but run out of disk space when updating) and upgraded to a 20, the install went without a hitch. . Looking for suggestions on "edutainment" apps to install for kids from ~5yo to ~16yo. Computer is a 1.8GHz P4 with 256MB RAM, so the apps can't be resource hogs. TIA.

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11010010110 (author)2009-04-05

try out kde 4.2 desktop and the games that come with it kde 4 is a bit of hog (for faster desktop use 3.5 or gnome) but the real hog is usually the distro itself - same applications and base system but heavier or lighter. i find all of the ubuntu family to be quite hogs. i use myself more lightweight and advanced linux on pentium 3 and it feels fast

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NachoMahma (author)110100101102009-04-05

. I'm a bit confused about the different "desktops." KDE, Gnome, &c.; Can I have more than one installed and switch between them?

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xACIDITYx (author)NachoMahma2009-04-06
I find that Gnome is less of a hog, but if you want something that will run faster, you can install xUbuntu, which uses XFCE as the window manager, which is less of a hog. xUbuntu is a different distro, though. You should be able to install the xubuntu stuff without a reinstall by using the following commands

sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

The same command works for installing kde, by installing kubuntu-desktop.

Then log out, and choose a different session using XFCE.

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NachoMahma (author)xACIDITYx2009-04-06

. Thanks. I may have to try that.

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11010010110 (author)NachoMahma2009-04-06

you can if you have them installed you log off and can log in to another one the most widely used desktops are kde 3.5 (discontinued but still very widely used) kde 4.2 (they are so different that got to be considered each alone) and gnome

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gmjhowe (author)2009-04-02

There is a Edubuntu version of ubuntu designed for education, i don't know if thats worth looking into. Otherwise, i only ever used ubuntu for internet browsing and msn.

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NachoMahma (author)gmjhowe2009-04-02

. Thanks. It looks like Edubuntu has a lot of good stuff. According to the docs, it's a simple "upgrade" to the standard Ubuntu install. Downloading now.

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gmjhowe (author)NachoMahma2009-04-02

And thus Instructables very own Mac fanboy passed on linux advice, and the world, and space time it self began to unravel.

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-04-05

Ah, I wondered why I couldn't get my new device for the ThinkGeeks Hack contest to work......grrrrr ;-)

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-04-02

Reccommend the following based on your requirements (they should be pretty gentle on your resources):

childs' play

Gcompris

Tuxpaint (Although that and these next few might be resource hogs, not sure)

http://www.stellarium.org/

http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/

http://opensource.bureau-cornavin.com/ktuberling/

Can't speak to these from personal experience, however. Ubuntu and I don't mix. Fedora likes me better. :D

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NachoMahma (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-02

. Thanks. Some of those look very interesting.

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whatsisface (author)2009-04-02

Childsplay looks good, there's some quite nice looking stuff in the Add/Remove programs list in the repositries.

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