Learn Linux With SoaS, a Child-Friendly OS

MakeUseOf | 9/11/2017 | Moe Long
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Linux operating systems (OS) are often challenging for newcomers. Although Linux distributions such as ChaletOS and Manjaro target entry-level users and those switching from Windows, there’s still a steep learning curve. Aspects including the command line and fiddling with dependencies admittedly aren’t beginner friendly.

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Switching from Windows to Linux presents a challenge. Knowing certain tips and tricks aids the transition, as does choosing the right distro. The Windows-esque ChaletOS 16 could be the one you want.

But Linux is a superb operating system for kids to learn. With a multitude of projects for kids and even simple kid-appropriate Linux distros, learning Linux from an early age carries its many benefits. Check out Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), an educational Linux OS.

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What Is Sugar on a Stick?

Sugar on a Stick, or SoaS, is a kid-friendly Linux operating system. The default interface diverges from traditional desktop environments. SoaS boots into a simplified interface with icons and in this way allows for anyone to use it, regardless of reading level. As the name suggests, Sugar on a Stick is lightweight and made to run off of a flash drive, or a live CD. It also works well in a virtual machine (which is where I tried it).

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Originally Red Hat and Pentagram developed SoaS as part of the One Laptop Per Child project. As the Wiki states:

“Sugar is a learning platform that reinvents how computers are used for education. Collaboration, reflection, and discovery are integrated directly into the user interface. Sugar promotes ‘studio thinking’ and ‘reflective practice’. Through Sugar’s clarity of design, children and teachers have the opportunity to use computers on their own terms. Students can reshape, reinvent, and reapply both software and content into powerful learning activities. Sugar’s focus on sharing,...
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