Novell Gives Indiana High Schools a High-Tech Desktop Education

Novell Linux Desktop allows Indiana to boost learning opportunities at a reasonable cost

9 August 2005

Novell today announced that thousands of high school students in Indiana will return to class this fall to find something new at their desks – a Novell® Linux Desktop. Novell is helping schools across the state deploy computers built into student desks, starting with 1,600 desktops based on Intel* platforms this fall and eventually providing a Linux* computer for every student in every high school in the state. Ultimately, more than 300,000 Indiana high school students will have more immediate access to educational resources and increased opportunity for accelerated learning.

“Although initial funding for the Indiana ACCESS (Affordable Computers for Every Secondary Student) initiative comes from the state, many of the schools themselves think this is such a great idea that they are kicking in their local dollars to accelerate the deployment of the computer systems,” said Mike Huffman, special assistant for technology for the Indiana Department of Education. “Indiana is committed to progress and improvement in education, and this initiative will allow for online testing, increased access to information, and many other means to enhance learning for students and give both teachers and students ready access to modern tools to promote achievement and learning. Open systems offer many advantages, the foremost being cost savings for schools.”

Novell's broad range of Linux offerings, from operating systems for the desktop, data center and workgroup, along with a robust resource and identity management platform, delivers a complete Linux desktop for every type of organization across the globe. Backed by Novell, a long-trusted partner experienced in providing the services demanded by organizations of all sizes, and running on Dell* desktop computers featuring Intel architecture, Novell Linux Desktop is an excellent desktop platform for Indiana students and students around the world.

“This initiative to achieve a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio in Indiana high schools is driven by the learning needs of the students,” Huffman said. “But at the same time, cost is a huge issue. With Linux desktops providing all of the functionality students need in an open environment at an extremely low cost, schools will be better able to educate students and prepare them for life after high school.”

“Tomorrow's breakthroughs will come from today's students,” said Frank Ehrig, marketing director, Intel’s Channel Software Operation. “It is the obligation of the technology industry to provide a platform that enhances learning through support for collaboration and innovation. Intel-based systems provide that platform of choice to help evolve education and enable our children and teachers to focus on learning.”

According to Susan Heystee, president of Novell North America, in the past six months more than 130 educational institutions around the world have signed on to use Novell Linux Desktop. “Both in education and business, we're seeing growing adoption of Linux on the desktop to increase security, simplify management and control costs, without sacrificing functionality or productivity. Novell can provide both the commercial and public sector with a clear alternative at a dramatically lower cost.”

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