Kids will often amaze you with their natural curiosity and ability to turn learning into pure fun. The Kano Linux kit offers kids a hands-on way of learning how to put a computer together, and then use it to learn to code and hack. ZDNet reports on the Kano Linux kit and notes its appeal for the younger generations.
According to ZDNet:
Kano, a small British start up with strong Israeli ties, set out to make the inside workings of a modern computer accessible to children again. The idea behind the project is get kids coding and hacking themselves, and was inspired by one of the founders' seven-year-old cousin who wanted to build a computer and wondered if it could be made as easy as playing with Lego.
The Kano kit is well-packed. The orange cover opens to reveal a neat carton housing the $150 system's parts. Among them is Kano's heart, a standard Raspberry Pi Model B board, with a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, 700Mhz ARM CPU, 512 MB of RAM, two USB ports, composite and HDMI video out ports, 3.5 mm audio jack, 10/100 Ethernet socket, and an SD card slot.
What a great idea! I love the fact that it offers such a hands-on experience to kids. And it seems very well designed to let them jump right in and start doing things in a direct way. I think most kids will get a lot out of that kind of experience, and it may steer some of them toward IT related careers later on in life.
Here's a video of the Kano computer being assembled:
Three streaming music clients for Linux
Linux.com has a story about streaming music clients from late last month that I missed. Here it is for those of you who want to try out some of these applications.
According to Linux.com:
That’s right, Linux can get that music stream to your desktop in many ways. If you’re a lover of Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, SoundCloud...you name it, there’s a way to stream that music. But don’t think you’re limited to using a web browser. Linux has clients, and plenty of them.
I want to highlight what I consider to be some of the best streaming music clients for Linux. Some of these are a one-trick pony, while others allow for the streaming of multiple services. Either way, you’ll be rockin’ open source on your desktop of choice.
Pithos (for Pandora)