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‘Free the Penguins’ heralds school virtualisation

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Omni Technology Solutions, Userful and Novell have created a new initiative to bring multi-station Linux desktops to computer labs and classrooms around the world, with every university, college and school district in the world able to claim 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.
"More than 20 000 Multi-station Linux Desktops have been deployed in education," says Trevor Poapst, director of global marketing for Omni. "We are confident that as more universities, colleges and school districts experience this low-cost, eco-friendly alternative to standalone Windows desktops, they will never want to go back.
"The 'Free the Penguins' initiative brings together three companies who are committed to affordable desktop computing," he adds.
Education institutions are invited to contact Omni for their free licenses on www.omni-ts.com/contact-us.html. Computer labs must be deployed by 30 November 2008.