The issue is this is not for my kid, this is for a neighbors kid. I got a chance to go through a few pallets of trashed computers. Found 3 good ones, brought them home and started refurbishing and testing. parts went to current systems as upgrades and I'm currently left with a few boxes and extra parts. So rather then selling them for a small pay off I figured I'd just give one of them to someone that could use it.
The family has very little cash, so this machine will not be online. I'm just looking for something fun, stable, educational, and net ready.
Way to go, jduped!
I really like that open disc idea...all the fun of linux in the most problematic os ever conceived.
Yeah.. but most of the programs or equivalents, are available in Vector. It gives you some idea of what a teacher thinks kids would/should like.
Any suggestions for fun games, apps, for a kid 11+ no net required preference given to ones on the repos.
Games depend on your hardware. If the graphics are good, the Extreme Tux racer is value. Others my kids like are Wesnoth and Frozen Bubble, but they didn't play too much. FreeCiv is pretty good too. As I said above, Gimp (especially with their own photos) and Inkscape are good. They'll need a word-processor for school work soon, Abiword isn't bad, OpenOffice if the machine can run it.
Just pack the hard drive and let them explore. Linux is good for that.