Looking for a simple way for a young child to use your computer without messing everything up? Qimo is a lightweight, kid-focused Ubuntu distribution you can install or boot from a CD or thumb drive.
Qimo was designed by a husband and wife team in Florida, for their charity Quinn Co. The charity specialises in refurbishing donated computers to serve low-income and special needs children. As a result, Qimo is designed to run easily on low end hardware: the minimum requirements are a 400Mhz processor, 256MB of RAM, and a 6GB hard drive if you choose to install it instead of booting from the LiveCD.
The included programs are organised on the application dock with large, easy to navigate icons. Included with the distribution are a variety of programs including TuxPaint, eToys, and GCompris. Qimo is an excellent candidate for giving some life to an aging laptop or desktop and helping the kids in your life get comfortable using computers. If you have your own tips, tricks, or operating systems to suggest for turning a computer into a kid-friendly play space, sound off in the comments below.