Linux and open source is the future it is an universal fact.
This is the best time to introduce to our Younger generation with the open source alternatives for Windows and OS X. A strong foundation has to be lied, by starting from the lowest level possible and that is exposing kids to Linux and teaching them how to use Linux operating systems.
Linux is a very powerful operating system and that is one of the reasons why it powers a lot of servers on the Internet. Though there have been concerns about its user friendliness which has brought about debate of how it will overtake Mac OSX and Windows on desktop computers, I think users need to accept Linux as it is to realize its real power.
Linux powers a lot of machines out there, from mobile phones to tablets, laptops, workstations, servers, supercomputers, cars, air traffic control systems, refrigerators and many more. With all this and more yet to come in the near future.
Being an open source enthusiast, I will recommend you to check out some Linux distributions designed by the open source community specifically for our future Heroes.
Doudou Linux is specially designed for children to make computer use as easy and pleasant as possible for them. While taking care of children self-fulfillment. Doudou Linux provides tens of applications that suit children from 2 to 12 years old and gives them an environment as easy to use as a gaming console. Kids can learn, discover and have fun without Dad and Mum always watching. More about Doudou Linux click here
Sugar On A Stick
Sugar Labs that aims at designing free tools to support learning among children by making them gain skills in exploring, discovering, creating and reflecting on ideas. It is a non-profit organization led by volunteers. More about Sugar On A Stick click here
Formally the Ubuntu Education Edition, Edubuntu was developed in collaboration with educators and teachers. It embeds a variety of educational programs and a suitable learning environment. An advantage to it is access to the Ubuntu software repository. The education community has extensively used this operating system in schools and organizations to provide an enriched learning environment for their students. More about Edubuntu click here
Ubermix operating system that finds an extensive use in schools. The operating system for kids comes with a lot of education-focused applications that cover topics like design, coding, internet, multimedia editing, and more. It’s designed to combine the power of free software and open source nature of Linux to empower the kids and teachers.
Ubermix is made in such a way that it stores software and data in different partitions. Due to this, if a computer fails, the user can reinstall the operating system and save the important files. More about Ubermix click here
It is a LiveCD based on Slackware Linux with a long list of educational software for kids to learn form. It uses KDE as the default Desktop Environment and includes software such as Ktouch a typing tutor, Kstars as virtual planetaruim, Kalzium a periodic table, KwordQuiz among others. More about LinuxKidX click here