Haiku as a beginner system for children

I think Haiku is great for children who want to learn to use a pc.

For this I have several reasons:

  • The system is virtual, the child can not easily destroy it
  • I as a longtime haiku user can give my son my old laptop and do not have to spend much money for the time being
  • I can set the haiku menu so that a later entry on windows or linux is no problem (Deskbar)
  • If I do not want that my child is going into the internet, I remove the appropriate packages

Of course, every child must have a windows computer as he needs to use it for the
school, but until then, Haiku is a perfect choice.

What do you think about that?
What would your opinion haiku need to improve this still? Like a blacklist for web pages.

For my part, I will think more about my son in the future, who gives me so many ideas. Things like the Kids Level Set for DiamondGirl or the KIDS games I wrote for him in yab.


my son and daugter like to use gcompris… its very good in my opinion… but i’m proficient yet to run it on haiku

Looks nice. Would be pretty to have it for Haiku too :-).

I wrote a Math tutorial app in Java that I tested on the Haiku OpenJDK, and the app works well in Haiku (to my surprise).

The App can be seen/retrieved here: http://www.whitesaber.com/MathHelper/

I’m sure there are other Java apps that kids could use on Haiku.

Can i install it on Haiku? Is it available over HaikuDepot?

many java apps can run on haiku… if you install java8 package from repo… many java apps here can run on haiku too…

One of the things that I think is missing from a lot of desktop operating systems these days are programs that are designed for kids to have fun with.

I remember playing around with Microsoft Fine Artist as a kid, and loving it. I even used it to print out simple text-documents for small school assignments. Windows 95 had a lot of these sort of programs that made exploring the OS fun. The game Hover is another example of a program that Microsoft included on the Windows 95 CD. It wasn’t that special, but the fact that it was a fun time-waster and simultaneously a nice demonstration of the OS’ capabilities meant that people like me came back to play with it.

Another thing that I loved to explore was Microsoft’s Encarta encyclopedia. This didn’t come included with Windows, but it was a virtual encyclopedia was again very fun to look around. Some of the articles included had interactive elements, which encouraged interactivity. Of course this is all completely obsolete thanks to Wikipedia, but back in those days it was a novelty.

With modern Windows and MacOS being this boring, it’s really no wonder that kids these days are moving away from desktop environments. I think any programs that encourage kids to explore and have fun, without talking down to them will be a great way of promoting the OS. That will also show them that Haiku isn’t a “scary thing”.

I hope this made sense without sounding “ramble-y”. :slight_smile:

@lelldorin, It does run on Haiku, yes. It’s not in HaikuDepot.

@davidf215 I have packaged MathHelper. Do you mind if I put it on my repo? I didn’t see any licensing information on your website, so I put it down as copyrighted freeware.

@michel, yes, it is freeware. Thanks!