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.
- 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|
|Sugar||0.98.5 (March 8, 2013[±])||GNU General Public License||OLPC Laptop, XO Tablet||Intel x86, Macintosh PPC||Touchscreen, Keyboard, Mouse|
|Edubuntu||13.10 (17 October 2013)||Ubuntu 13.04||GNU General Public License||Various Resellers||Intel x86||Keyboard, Mouse|
|Qimo 4 Kids||2.0 (1 May 2010)||Xubuntu 10.04||GNU General Public License||N/A||Intel x86||Keyboard, Mouse|
|DoudouLinux||2.1 (1 December 2013)||Debian 7.0 Wheezy||GNU General Public License||N/A||Intel x86||Keyboard, Mouse|
|LinuxKidX||13.03 (22 March 2013)||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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