Today we are sorry to report that Qimo developers have decided to close. The popular Ubuntu-based distribution aimed at children has said goodbye to all of us, leaving a void in a niche of users who will now have to look for other options.
For those unfamiliar with it, Qimo 4 Kids was an open source operating system based on Ubuntu as already mentioned, and was intended for children three years and older. It mostly included education-oriented programs, and games to teach children to be patient with computers and how to work with them.
One of the programmers of the project is Michael Hall, a Canonical employee, And it was he who made the sad announcement that, sadly, there will be no other iteration of this Linux distribution that had won the favor of many parents and children around the world:
All good is over. I learned a lot by doing Qimo, and I had the honor of being able to touch many lives in the process. But our new adventure is exciting, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
Goodbye to Qimo
Qimo was designed for kids, and included some of the best educational programs and games so that the little ones could learn all sorts of useful things that would help them understand the most basic things about computers. Still, the official reason for the project to end seems to be that the computer doesn’t have time to keep up with the latest Linux-related technologies.
From Ubunlog we express our most absolute sadness. No one on the team likes a Linux distribution to disappear, let alone when it comes to one that has helped so many kids better understand what’s going on inside a computer and why. Things are like that, unfortunately, and nothing can be done to change that.