The Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science has received its first batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux installed. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects the figure will soon reach 20,000 units.
Through a program called Computer for Every Child, the Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science plans to install the PCs throughout its elementary and secondary school system. Ubuntu will run on the 20,000 PCs, but 160,000 more students will be able to share those machines using hardware from NComputing, Canonical plans to announce Tuesday. The PCs are being supplied and installed by Haier, a Chinese PC maker.
Ivo Ivanovski, Macedonia's minister for the information society, in a prepared statement noted:
By selecting Ubuntu as the operating system for all of our classroom virtual PCs, our education system can provide computer-based education for all schoolchildren within the limited financial and infrastructural confines that most institutions face today.
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