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Linux-based Kano kit wants to get kids hacking again

By: Bryan Lunduke

June 18, 2014 2:30 pm

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With the Raspberry Pi and its modular programming language at its heart, Kano is hoping to inspire kids to get involved with programming.

Today’s PCs aren’t hugely friendly towards hardware hackers and tinkerers.

Both OS X and Windows 8 are fairly closed operating systems, merely allowing coders to run commands and pulling a veil over the internals of the software powering the machine. The same goes for hardware: all-in-ones, laptops, and tablets alike aren’t easy for curious types to take apart and see what’s inside.

It’s a situation that’s creating a generation of individuals that merely use their PCs, instead of using them to create.

A small British company with an Israeli founder, Yonatan Raz-Fridman, and strong Israeli ties, is trying to change that. Kano is offering a ‘do it yourself’ computer kit based on the popular Raspberry Pi $35 Linux PC, and designed to encourage users of all ages to explore and create with technology.

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(Niv Lilien via ZDNet)