Alberta companies help Free the Penguins

Edmonton’s Omni Technology and Calgary’s Userful Corporation announced today that over 50 academic institutions from 29 US States and 10 countries worldwide have signed up to deploy Multi-station Linux 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 US, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe and Africa.

This initiative is a great story as it has has been successful in helping students around the world get the computers they need while reducing CO2 emissions and electronic waste.