Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

Summary:Guess who's been missing from the Linux revolution? Senior citizens.

Guess who's been missing from the Linux revolution? Senior citizens. At least that's what KiWi PC is arguing with its new desktop.

Created by the folks who brought us the PeeWee PC for children, the KiWi PC runs a customized version of Ubuntu via an Intel Atom D510 processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, and a 19-inch monitor. You also get a color-coded keyboard as part of the $499.99 price.

A "Me Menu" provides easy access to frequently used Websites and applications, and icons and text are larger to make them easier to see for the visually impaired. There's also a software hub that makes it simpler to download Linux programs -- at least grandchildren better hope so, or they'll be getting calls to help Nana or Pop-Pop to "fix" the computer for them.

According to KiWi PC's makers, "Until now, there has not been an easy way for senior citizens to navigate the internet and stay connected to friends and family." That may not be true, at least based on what I've seen the last few times I've frequented the Apple Store. It looks like seniors have found a way to surf the Web and stay connected. It's called an iPad.

Topics: Linux, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Open Source


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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