Linux Desktop Education Deployments Planned in 29 States

Edmonton, Alberta — Nov. 4
Omni and Userful announced that more than 50 academic institutions from 29 U.S. States and 10 countries worldwide have signed up to deploy Multi-station SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops through the “Free the Penguins” education initiative.

Originally launched in September, “Free the Penguins” provides customers with a low-cost, high-performance alternative to stand-alone Windows desktops and thin clients for computer labs, classrooms and libraries.

Omni, Userful and Novell have agreed to extend this initiative until the end of 2008 in response to extremely strong uptake from schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia, South America, Europe and Africa. Tough economic conditions have led more universities, colleges and K-12 school districts to consider the hardware, maintenance, space and electricity savings of Multi-station SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops.

Using this strategy, customers can convert existing stand-alone Windows desktops, which spend most of the day idle, into Linux desktops with up to 10 independent, full-featured stations that consist of just a monitor, USB keyboard and mouse.

“While customers plan to deploy their free desktops in a wide variety of areas —computer labs, classrooms, libraries, outreach sites, VOIP labs, help-desk areas — the No. 1 reason why they are considering Linux instead of Windows, Mac OS X or thin clients is cost,” said Trevor Poapst, director of global marketing at Omni. “Few education customers, particularly in these tough economic times, will say no to a strategy that will allow them to deploy over twice as many desktops for the same…



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