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

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.

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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, Hardware, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

    The price is a little steep for a Linux PC running on an Intel Atom D510 processor, it needs to be about $100 cheaper and then I'd actually probably get one for my kids. At $500 however, you might as well get a tablet.
    Socratesfoot
    • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

      @Socratesfoot
      A tablet would be worse for seniors they need bigger not small and compact. They need an over sized keyboard and a screen large enough to inlarge the text so the web pages dont look stupid. There seniors, not dummies.
      Stan57
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Stan57 Yes, They're senior, and they are there. So there.
        RWooten1@...
      • Why do Seniors need over sized keyboards? My 85 year old finghers are the

        @Stan57
        weirml@...
    • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

      Sure seems that folks always try to present a negative to a positive if it makes some ones life just a little bit better.

      Part of purchase is 24/7 Support for one year.
      h-t-t-p://www.kiwipc.com/
      daikon
    • Just visited the site, the total was only $425

      @Socratesfoot
      Maybe I missed something, it was $380 for the pc+monitor and $45 for the highlighted keyboard, $425 total.
      ~doolittle~
    • agree it could be cheaper or beefier...

      @Socratesfoot <br>I agree with the price being too high, especially when you can get a PC bundle at your local retail store with dual core processor, 4GB RAM, 500 GB HD, 20" monitor, keyboard, mouse.... I saw a Dell bundle last week at Staples for 459.99 with all the above. Blow off Windows, add a free Ubuntu and all is right with the world with more of everything. I am sure one could make similar systems w/ Ubuntu or some other distro.<br><br>I do not think a 10.1" tablet would work as well. They tend to gravitate to larger screens not smaller due to eye sight.
      devlin_X
    • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

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  • another nail in M$ coffin

    The Linux revoulution is in full swing!
    Linux Geek
    • Yeah right - 1 down 1.2 billion to go

      @Linux Geek Keep dreaming, Linux at 0.85% is nowhere near over 300 million Windows 7 installations. Windows is growing, Linux and OS X are flat like pancakes.
      Mr. Dee
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Mr. Dee <br><br>Nonsense. Even Steve Ballmer has mentioned that Linux has about 4-5% marketshare in desktops.<br><br><a href="http://www.osnews.com/story/21035/Ballmer_Linux_Bigger_Competitor_than_Apple" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.osnews.com/story/21035/Ballmer_Linux_Bigger_Competitor_than_Apple</a><br><br>I've made test of Linux markeshare in Finland and Sweden and noticed that non-geek/non-IT-blogsites about 6-8% of visiters are using Linux. Windows got about 84-86% marketshare.<br><br>You can also take a look at Wikimedia statistics:<br><br><a href="http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSystems.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSystems.htm</a><br><br>

        Then there is W3schools history of markeshare of Linux (2003-2010)

        http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

        Are you making money by spamming M$-FUD?
        Matsi66
      • Even at 1% or less...

        ...it keeps threatened windoze fanbuis like @Mr. Dee coming back for more.<br><br>Wasn't it Ballmer that said Linux was a "cancer"? My oh my... :O
        LTV10
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Mr. Dee It goes without saying that M$ pays for FUD. And that most of it can be rejected as out and out lies. If M$ didn't have a death grip on the manufacturers they wouldn't sell 25% of what they do. Every Linux box sold as a Window box and was modified. So they may sell a lot but not many are being used. And the governments around the world have all turned open source. So your lies are unimpressive.
        FewClues@...
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Mr. Dee
        In my house, my wife and a daughter have linux. My daughter has both a notebook and HTPC. This cuts down on my "tech support" calls in the family. My son and other daughter use windows. I use all of the above.
        Ubuntu has made computers easy, inexpensive and relatively safe.
        Open Office makes working with MS Office documents happen and the vast amount of free programs (or apps in today's speak) has something for everyone.
        It is time to open your eyes. Soon, Ubuntu will be on tablets as well.
        Remember, not that long ago Mac's only had about 4 or 5% market share.
        MS is the elephant. You eat the elephant byte by byte.
        coachgeorge
        • Love Ubntu, but its not 'true blue' anymore.

          I basically love Ubuntu, but its not staying with the philosophy, getting more into the Open Source instead of FOSS/FLOSS. I don't think it is safe. Recently, I went to the Free Software Foundation's site and got a GNU Linux called Trisquel. I love it and it is clean and stable. It doesn't have Ubuntu's automatic update feature, but updating in the terminal is simple. Very fast. Had only one glitch so far and it was my own fault. Frankly, if a senior citizen has not used a computer before he or she does not ahve to "unlearn". There are good keyboards out opn the market for the disabled and the seniors. Trisquel also has ORCA for the sight impaired and blind one can fine tune. I see3 absolutely no reason to spend $500 on a "gee whiz" kluge when a few things added to a system, mostly for free, can do the trick. Lets make Linux the OS of the seniors.
          guzzlersgin
    • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

      @Linux Geek Orly? Explain this one to me, I would love to hear how a computer for the elderly running Linux is a nail in the MS coffin. I bet it won't sell well (despite it being a good idea but a little pricey). I bet senior citizens still choose a big ole Windows laptop over the kiWi PC. Why? Because they have heard of Windows. My Grandmother has never touched a computer a day in her life but she knows what MS and Windows are, which I am afraid is going to be a nail in the Linux coffin.

      The elderly won't recognize Linux and will therefore stay away from it.
      Bates_
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Bates_
        Right-on! Plus, that keybord looks down right dorky!
        eargasm
      • RE: Linux for seniors? KiWi PC builds a Linux PC for grandma and grandpa

        @Bates_
        I think most seniors have never heard of Windows, they need a simple UI for email and browsing with NO VIRUSES... For them, it is a computer and nothing else. This is how non technical users look at a computer...
        prof123
        • Until you tell them different.

          I'm a senior and I disagree. I'm a reitired prof, too. You haven't been around the seniors I have here in New England. We love computers and use them for all kinds of things and aren't scared of them. We also like GNU Linux (FSF is in Boston and so is Debain). Also, I don't think a KiWi PC is any advantage. A good used computer or a rebuilt one with a new keyboard, a trackball instead of a mouse, a fresnel screen cover and a nice used sound system will do fine. Under $100 should do it. (Add: I rebuild and refurbish for seniors). I urge you to do a little more research using a better thesis. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
          guzzlersgin