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Which Linux for free desktops for kids?

By pikikoko ·
I get computer parts and build computers that I give away to kids in single parent families.
I need an OS for these computers. I feel Linux is the way to go. But I know nothing about Linux.
How can I install Linux on these free computer without paying for the OS and not having legal
problems with giving it away. Linux people I need your help! I need to know how to do this.
Which brand of Linux should I use? And all that legal stuff. If Linux is free can I just purchase a CD and load it on many computers?
How would a Linux person do this?
Many points for some good answers.
Thanks
Mike

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by TracyF In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

Knoppix has a live CD version just for kids (runs in memory from the CD-ROM w/o loading to the hard drive):

http://www.osef.org/

My kids (5 & 10) love it!

Tracy

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Easy Linux for Refurbished computers

by jeffbkill In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

I refurbish computers for charitable causes as well. You don't often get OS disks with the equipment donated. In those cases I try to use a popular and well supported Distro like Open Suse or Ubuntu. Both have live disks and install painlessly with good hardware detection.

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Go Ubuntu/Kubuntu

by sdsondhi In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

Ubuntu is a free linux distro using GNOME supported by canonical with a KDE version called Kubuntu.
I just got their free Live CDs which says
"please distribute this CD to people you know." or something like that which pretty much says "Spread the joy!!!"
If you stick to the Opensource i.e. OSS repositories for the suite you are giving then its the way to go.
All the best for your venture.

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Qimo For Kids

by jeffbkill In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

My charity in Bowling Green, Ohio uses Qimo for Kids. Its a great lightweight ditro based on Xubuntu. It's preloaded with educational games and has a cute interface. You can download it from there website http://www.qimo4kids.com.

You don't need to purchase anything and the licensing is Open Source so you can copy on as many computers as you like.

Our charity has been around for abut a year now and if there's anything we can do to help you get started, please email me at jeffbkill@yahoo.com or visit our website http://computersforcharity.webs.com

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