‘Free the Penguins’ Initiative Brings Next-Generation Desktop Virtualization to Schools

Edmonton, Canada — Sept. 9
Omni Technology Solutions, Userful and Novell have created an exciting initiative to bring Multi-station Linux Desktops to computer labs and classrooms around the globe. Every university, college and school district in the world is entitled to a free 30-user Userful Multiplier license. The first 30 customers will also receive a free 30-user subscription to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell.

“Over 20,000 Multi-station Linux Desktops have been deployed in education. We are confident that as more universities, colleges and school districts experience this low-cost, eco-friendly alternative to stand-alone Windows desktops, they will never want to go back,” said Trevor Poapst, director of Global Marketing for Omni. “The 'Free the Penguins' initiative brings together three companies who are committed to affordable desktop computing.”

“School districts often have thousands of computers. Each PC represents more of a liability than it does an asset. Userful Multiplier frees them from nine-tenths of these hardware and maintenance costs, making it ¬finally affordable to achieve one-to-one computing ratios in our schools.

“This free promotion lets every school district experience firsthand the next generation in Desktop Virtualization that is already in use in over 3,000 school locations. In terms of environmental benefits, Userful's virtualization technology allows each 30-station computer lab or classroom to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 45 tons per year and electronic waste by as much as 80 percent as compared to using 30 traditional PCs.”

“Novell is excited to collaborate with Omni Technology Solutions and Userful to deploy Linux desktops in schools,” said Grant Ho, senior product marketing manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop at Novell.

“As the best-engineered and most interoperable Linux desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop allows schools to dramatically lower costs and strengthen security, while providing students with dozens of applications like OpenOffice.org and Firefox so they can become productive from the start.

“Education continues to be an important vertical for us, and we are pleased to work with our channel partners to provide a cost-effective, all-in-one desktop solution that enhances classroom learning and provides students with 21st century technology skills.”

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