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Qimo A presentation by DANCorp
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Overview • Qimo is a 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. • http://www.qimo4kids.com/what-is-qimo/
Reviews • While the basic Qimo desktop isn’t particularly inspiring, the system does have a few shining tidbits, such as the excellent software selection and the fact that nearly all games and applications are set to start in full-screen – much more convenient for young ones. To find out for sure just how fun and simple it was, I set my 2.5 year old toddler down at the computer in front of the Qimo desktop earlier today. I’ll let you know when he gets down. • When I saw the headline pop up on my reader, I was excited, my 5 year old LOVES Qimo, she's been using it for a year, and couldn't be happier. The dock setup was the perfect gateway to the menu, which she now uses. I also have Kidzui set up on her firefox, and she independantly plays on “Her” computer, an old P4 laptop that I got 2nd hand. I am forever a Qimo fan, and recommend it to everyone with a child to start out with a fun, intro operating system. It made my daughter feel like it was for Her, it was different than dad's, with all the cool games. I know, it's just a simple gui on xubuntu, but when she tells people about it, and how she loves Qimo, it becomes more. • http://maketecheasier.com/review-of-qimo-linux-for-kids/2010/08/26
Advantages • Qimo is fast simple and reasonably lightweight package • It has programs to teach toddlers and young children how to use the mouse and keyboard • Qimo can be run off a CDrom
Disadvantages • May not work with proprietary applications like MS office • Lacks compatibility for advanced applications
Future outlook • Younger and younger children are using computers all the time, so operating systems aimed at young children are likely to become more popular. As the current leading operating system for young children the future for Qimo looks bright. • Based on the Ubuntu operating system which has long term support • Because of the low power requirements could be used on a variety of hardware platforms.
Summary • Qimo is user friendly and easy to use and ideal for children. • Qimo requires little technical support and works on a range of hardware. • Qimo has programs specifically designed for children that contain a educational focus
References • http://www.qimo4kids.com/what-is-qimo/ • http://maketecheasier.com/review-of-qimo-linux-for-kids/2010/08/26