How to set up an old laptop for a young child?
July 4, 2011 3:19 PM Subscribe
What OS and programs should I use to set up an old Windows XP laptop for a young child?
posted by kitfreeman to computers & internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I want to set up my old laptop for my young son (6, nearly 7) and I'm looking for recommendations for a suitable OS and programs (preferably free, open source), please. The machine is an Acer Travelmate 2303LC, Celeron M, 1.5GHz, 400MHz FSB, 512k L2 cache, 30GB HDD, 256MB DDR), and it's currently running Windows XP. I want to set up it so my son can do simple word processing, send and receive emails, access pre-set internet sites, and play games (mainly educational). For the OS, should I stick with XP, or try one of the child-oriented versions of Linux? (I've never used Linux, so I'd need something easy to install!) And can anyone recommend a suitable suite of programs, please -- easy to use, hard to crash, with clear controls and a simple interface?