Linux helps raise funds for a million soccer balls

By   |  June 25, 2007

Although Linux geeks are not often found on the sports field, this week Linux computers will help in a fund raiser to donate a million soccer balls to improve children’s lives through sport.

Canada-based Omni Technology Solutions, Novell South Africa, Userful, and Pinnacle Micro have teamed up to provide [1]Linux[/1] desktop computers for the "Let’s Play a Million" South African telethon on June 27.

The national telethon is a joint initiative of UNICEF, Supersport, the department of education and five radio stations. The objective is to donate a million soccer balls to South African youth and promote child survival through sports and healthy living.

Each of the telethon locations will be equipped with a five-user SUSE Linux enterprise desktop. Using the Desktop multiplier software, the single computer will allow five operators to work at the same time to enter pledges.

The Linux desktop multiplier for SUSE Linux enterprise desktop (SLED 10) and openSUSE 10.1 allows up to 10 users to share a single Linux PC. Running off a single computer, additional workstations can be added through adding dual-head graphics cards, monitors, keyboards, mice and a powered USB hub to an existing SUSE Linux enterprise desktop or openSUSE computer.

"After the telethon, the computers will be donated to schools and further empower South African students", said Garry Hodgson, OEM business development manager for Novell South Africa.

"We recently used the Linux desktop multiplier to deploy 2 205 Linux desktops in 105 South African schools," said Hodgson, who described the multiplier strategy as a "more affordable and environmentally-friendly desktop alternative for South African schools".

Trevor Poapst, director of global marketing for Omni, said: "The multiplied desktop solution is perfect for organisations that are looking to maximise their computer hardware, infrastructure, electricity and management budget."

For more information on the Linux desktop multiplier, powered by Userful, go to: www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop

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