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Pay what you want for Kiddix OS

This Linux-based operating system provides younger users (ages 2-10) a fun and safe computing environment. It's normally $50, but if you act fast, you can name your price.

The Kiddix OS turns any computer into a safe, kid-friendly environment. For a limited time, you can pay what you want for it!
The Kiddix OS turns any computer into a safe, kid-friendly environment. For a limited time, you can pay what you want for it!

Do you have an old PC that you want to "donate" to your children? Or are you looking for a way for them to use your PC without messing things up? Kiddix might just be the answer: It's a Linux-based operating system with a child-friendly interface, software, and loads of parental controls.

Normally, Kiddix costs $50, but between now and the end of the Wednesday, June 30, you can pay what you want for Kiddix.

All you do to get the deal is provide a name and e-mail address, enter the amount you want to pay, and then choose a payment method: Amazon, Google Checkout, or PayPal.

When you're done, you'll get an e-mail with a Kiddix ISO download link, which you'll have to burn to a blank CD. (If you have Windows 7, here's how to burn an ISO. Everyone else should check out Active ISO Burner.)

Once you've created your Kiddix CD, you can install and run the operating system inside Windows, or you can create a separate Kiddix partition on your hard drive. I'd go with the latter, but you can check the Kiddix setup guide for pros and cons of each approach.

Designed primarily for ages 2-10, Kiddix has a word processor, an e-mail client, a paint program, a calendar, fun and educational games, various parental-control tools, and so on, all wrapped in a colorful, easy-to-navigate interface.

It's worth noting that Kiddix 1.0 is about three-years old, and it definitely looks a little dated--not that your children will care. By taking advantage of this pay-what-you-want deal, you're entitled to a "deep discount" on the 2.0 version, which is in the works.

As much as I like the idea behind Kiddix, I wouldn't pay $50 for it. But naming my own price? I'm all over that. How about you?

Bonus deal: Amazon Video on Demand is offering six bucks' worth of free credit when you redeem a pair of  coupon codes. As Dealnews points out, that means you can rent "Avatar" for free and still have $2.01 left over. (I think you can use the credit for any movie or TV show, though.) The codes expire today, so act fast!