Kano Linux kit makes coding and hacking fun for kids

In today's open source roundup: The Kano Linux kit makes learning to build and use computers fun for children. Plus: Three streaming music clients for Linux, and the eNcade is a portable retro gaming console

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.

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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.

You can get more information on the official Kano site, and Wikipedia has a good background article on the Kano computer and company. It's a promising product and I hope it does well.

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)


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