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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Perhaps it's my role as the family computer guy that's leading me in this direction today but it seems to me that there should be Linux distributions that are age-oriented and age appropriate. Seldom do I see my parents-in-law playing a heated game of Quake or doing any kernel tinkering, nor do I see them downloading, untarring, compiling and installing some piece of software for their system.
No, Windows isn't the answer. My answer is GeezerOS: A simple to use, Linux-based, plug-n-play, large icon, large font, single-click computer that has email, an Internet browser, a word processor and maybe little else.
Older folks aren't the only ones who need their own operating system directed towards them. I think we also need the following operating systems oriented toward these age and gender-specific groups:
TotOS - Linux for preschool kids.