Blue Peter presenter creates Linux PC for elderly

Legendary Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton has launched a new computer range specifically designed for older users and technophobes.

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Legendary Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton has launched a new computer range specifically designed for older users and technophobes.

The simplicITy computer is launched in celebration of the first year of discount-age, a money saving website co-founded by Singleton that aims to help older people get more out of life, along with partners Wessex Computers and Vegan Solutions.

The SimplicITy computer runs the Linux Mint operating system and is powered by Vegan Solutions’s Eldy software, which the makers insists protects users from viruses, spyware and Trojans and other security threats.

The team behind the new computer point out Linux Mint is completely free, as are all the applications, as well as all updates and upgrades to future versions.

"For some time now, we have been aware of the need among older people for a simpler type of computer", said Director, Valerie Singleton in a press release. 

"A large number of 50 pluses only require: email, internet, a writing package, perhaps a means of storing or viewing pictures and a facility to chat. We don’t need the bells and whistles that modern computers offer, we just need something that’s simple to use and reliable. And this is not just true for older people. There are plenty of people under 50 who are terrified of currently available computers."

Provided video tutorials hosted by Singleton shows users how to get up and running with the SimplicITy.

The SimplicITy is launched today, initially with a choice of two computers. A desktop with a single core processor sells for £299.99, while a mini desktop with a dual core processor, which will cost £389.99. 

A complete package including screen, keyboard, mouse and stereo speakers will cost £435.99 and £525.99 respectively. All prices include VAT.

Delivery takes a minimum of 2 weeks, as each machine is built to order and thoroughly tested say the makers. Delivery to any address in the UK mainland costs £10.00.

Singleton joined the BBC in 1961 as a continuity announcer and in 1962 joined Blue Peter where she stayed until 1972. She continued until 1975 in a part-time role as a 'roving reporter'. Singleton has been seen on BBC Television for much of 2009 fronting a campaign of 'informercials' to promote the BBC's iPlayer.

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