Ubuntu (12.04) holds a significant percentage in Desktop market (50% in GNU/Linux desktop share) and most importantly – it’s growing very fast. A lot of schools and universities have also switched to Ubuntu (most of them were using Windows XP). Since Ubuntu is very easy to use – kids also prefer Ubuntu or some other Light weight GNU/Linux distro specially designed for children. So I’ve come up with some cool applications that kids would love to try – Some are educational (in form of games or other) while some are purely for fun and entertainment.
Top 10 Free ‘n’ Open Source Softwares/Games for Kids
I assume you are using Ubuntu or some derivatives of Ubuntu such as edubuntu or some other GNU/Linux distribution. Although, I’ve selected the apps from Ubuntu Software Center (Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) but you can find these apps in package repository of your distro.
1. Tux Paint – A drawing program for kids.
2. Tux Math – Learn Math with Tux
3. Extreme Tux Racer – Sliding Tux on Mountain
4. Comix – Comic Book Viewer
5. KWordQuiz – Flash card program for Vocabulary Learning
6. SuperTux 2 – A classic 2D jump game
7. Sudoku – Sudoku Puzzle Game
8. Celestia (GNOME) – Explore this Universe (space simulation program)
9. Anki – A memory training program
10. Supertuxkart – A kart racing game