Comparison of operating systems for children

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The following is a comparison of operating systems for children.

To enter this list an operating system will need to:

  • Be actively maintained & supported.
  • Be designed for children of ages 0–12.
  • Offer a mechanism to easily add and remove software from the system.
  • Contain security mechanisms to allow adults to administrate the system.
  • Contain security mechanisms to prevent children from breaking the system and/or provide a simple mechanism to restore the system to a default working state.
  • Support management and filtering of internet connections, if any.


Table explanation

  • Operating System: The name of the operating system that is described.
  • Latest release: The most recent stable release of the operating system.
  • Base OS: If applicable, the underlying operating system on which this operating system is based.
  • License: The license model under which the software is licensed. These can be both free and paid licenses
  • Retail Hardware: The devices which can be purchased with the operating system already loaded.
  • BYO Hardware: The devices on which a user can install the operating system themselves.
  • Input Mechanisms: The primary input mechanisms that the operating system and the majority of applications are designed for.
Operating System Latest Version Base OS License Retail Hardware BYO Hardware Input Mechanisms
Edubuntu 13.10 (17 October 2013; 19 months ago (2013-10-17)) Ubuntu 13.04 GNU General Public License Various Resellers Intel x86 Keyboard, Mouse
Qimo 4 Kids 2.0 (1 May 2010; 5 years ago (2010-05-01)) Xubuntu 10.04 GNU General Public License N/A Intel x86 Keyboard, Mouse
DoudouLinux 2.1 (1 December 2013; 17 months ago (2013-12-01)) Debian 7.0 Wheezy GNU General Public License N/A Intel x86 Keyboard, Mouse
LinuxKidX 13.03 (22 March 2013; 2 years ago (2013-03-22)) Slackware Linux GNU General Public License N/A Intel x86 Keyboard, Mouse
KIDO’Z 2013 Commercial N/A Any Windows, Android, Mac OS, Chrome OS device Touch, Keyboard, Mouse
Leapster Learning Game System Leapster 2 (2008) Commercial Leapfrog console devices N/A Touchscreen, Buttons


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