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I am wondering, my 9 yr old son is passionate about coding, what is the first thing he should learn and learn well? He is talking about Linux, all this is foreign to me, so is this something I should let him download and play on, is it easy to learn and start coding on?

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Isaac Lyman Author • Edited

Easy? No, but never underestimate a motivated 9-year-old. It doesn't matter what he learns as long as he's interested in it. The next generation of programmers is kids who started on video game mods and LEGO robots.

Linux, if you haven't looked into it yet, is an operating system (like Windows or OSX) so he'll most likely need his own computer to install it on. I installed Linux on my parents' computer when I was about 12 and accidentally broke it for about a week.

I'd be happy to answer any questions he has about this stuff (with your permission of course).