A look at what’s coming in Qimo 2.0

It’s been almost a year since Qimo 1.0 was released, and we’re hard at work again on the next version of our friendly Linux desktop for kids.  We will be using Ubuntu 10.04 as our foundation this time, so our final release is targetted for the end of April, 2010.  But in the mean time, here’s a look at what’s coming:

Illa-Sketch-Colored

Introducing Illa!

Qimo has a brand new friend, an adorable little polar bear girl named Illa (pronounced ee-lah, it is Inuit for “friend”).  Illa will be the focus of a whole new theme for girls, featuring shades of pink and purple, to match the boyish-blues of the existing Qimo theme.  She’s also sure to appear in a new set of Tux Paint stamps, so your little ones can create their own arctic artwork featuring our loveable pals.

Qimo Sessions

While we’re on the topic of new themes, Qimo 2.0 will not longer limit the theme to the “qimo” user account.  Instead a Qimo session will be selectable at the login screen, just like Gnome, KDE and XFCE are today. That means you can create individual accounts for each of your children, or start using the Qimo session with an existing user.

Packages

Finally, we will be making Ubuntu 10.04 compatible packages for all of Qimo, so you will be able to install it on top of an existing setup.  This should also allow us to make an alternate install CD this time around, so it will have even lower hardware requirements.

Follow us!

You can now keep up with what’s happening with Qimo through various social networking services.  Become a fan of the Qimo 4 Kids Facebook page, follow is on Twitter or Identi.ca.  We will once again be at the Southern California Linux Expo in February 19th, so look for our booth there!

7 Responses to A look at what’s coming in Qimo 2.0

  1. BlackHell says:

    Thats great to hear!
    I installed quimo in the childhood of my kids.
    They have dualboot windows – quimo.
    I see them always bootin quimo and my son (6) is introducing them in the usage of quimo.
    When 2.0 is out i will update and then teach the teachers to make clickable users for every child and to delete them when necessary.

    May the Tux be with you!

  2. Gerardo Meléndez says:

    Such a nice distro.

    Consider including Omnitux, that’s a really good learning software.

  3. Michael Hall says:

    Hug,
    We are following the Open Office 4 Kids with interest. However, we may not be able to include it on the Qimo CD due to space constraints. Hopefully it will be included in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories in the near future, so it can be added to a Qimo install.

  4. Yann says:

    Yes ! This is definitely a great news ! I installed Qimo for my 3 1/2 years old boy, and he loves it. Having Gcompris updated its version some weeks ago, this new release is going to be great. Keep up the good work, and feel free to contact me if you have any need for beta testing and/or french translating.

  5. Andrew says:

    My little one is only 1.5 years but I excited to have a Linux option to train him on. Thanks for all of you efforts. I will review this more.