Linux News Today: Qimo, the Popular Ubuntu-Based Linux Operating System for Kids, Closes Shop
It is with so much regret that we announce today the end of the development for yet another GNU/Linux operating system, as the developers of Qimo, the popular distribution for kids, closed shop at the end of January 2016.
For those of you who are not in the loop, Qimo 4 Kids was an open-source computer operating system based on the world’s most popular free Linux distribution, Ubuntu, and designed for children aged 3 or over. It included mostly educational applications and games to teach kids to be patient with computers and work on them.
One of the developers working on the Qimo project is Michael Hall, a Canonical employee, and he is the one who made the sad announcement that there wouldn’t be any development going on for the GNU/Linux operating system loved by many kids and parents all over the world.
“All good things must come to an end. I learned so much making Qimo, and have been honored to have been able to touch so many lives in the process. But our new adventure is an exciting one, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us,” said Michael Hall.
Goodbye, Qimo 4 Kids
Qimo was designed for kids, and it included some of the best educational applications and games to teach kids all sort of useful things and help them understand all the basic stuff. Still, the reason for the end of the project appears to be the fact that the team didn’t have the time anymore to keep up with the latest GNU/Linux technologies.
Version 2.0 of Qimo 4 Kids was the last one, and you can still get it from our website, but it is based on an old version of the Xfce desktop environment and built on top of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system. From here on, the project’s developers will concentrate on new projects, and you can read all about it in the announcement.