SliTaz for kids :-)

Welcome to the SliTaz Kids flavor. This version of SliTaz provides an easy to use intuitive desktop for kids older than 5 years. This is the first version, any feedback and requests can be done on the SliTaz Forum.

It lets your child play educational games, listen to music, write text documents and view or create images. The desktop uses the Openbox window manager, wbar for the icons bar and Nitrogen to set background images. The child can also manage his/her files with SpaceFM, which is a standard and simple file manager.

Applications

As on a standard SliTaz system you can install some more applications with the packages manager Tazpkg. Allowed applications for the child are on the icons bar and can also be in the Openbox menu, this lets the admin choose which applications are available or not.

Desktop

The system boots to a standard desktop (floating windows, task bar) with some large and accessible icons but no menu and no files on the desktop. Any mouse click will popup a small menu with shortcuts to applications, an item to start a slideshow with all images in ~/Images, an admin menu as well as a logout and shutdown item.

If you want a task bar with a clock and notification support, you can start tint2 from the command line to try it and add it to an Openbox start script to get it run on each session.

Music

The defaut icons bar has an icon to play music with alsaplayer, which when opened the child must click on the play button to start. The playlist is simply all the sound files found in ~/Music, so you just have to drop songs in to this folder to add some songs for a child.

Childsplay alphabet in your language

Childsplay can use voices from Gcompris for the alphabet. We may have support out-of-the-box for some languages in future versions. For now you must install the appropriate Gcompris voices package and create a symlink, example for French localisation:

# tazpkg -i gcompris-voices-fr
# ln -s /usr/share/gcompris/boards/voices/fr/alphabet \
	/usr/share/sp_alphabetsounds/fr