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Child’s Play: Linux Conversion Through Education

What’s the easiest way to get more people using Linux? Start them young.

Successful and peaceful conversion of a population to any new concept occurs through its children. If you want to make people recycle plastic bottles, start a recycling program in Elementary School. Do you want to introduce a new type of mathematics? Introduce it in Elementary School. Do you have an internationally accepted system of measurement that you want everyone to use? OK, that last one doesn’t count.

You may, however, convert the world to Linux by providing free and engaging Elementary School level educational and edutainment programs. This article gives you an introduction to three actively developed educational systems for children: The KDE Education Project, The GCompris Educational Suite, and The Childsplay Suite.


When confronted by parents to use computers and educational software in the classroom, teachers and school officials point to near-empty coffers and stressed budgets as their reason not to do so….

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