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GWAVACon Uses Linux Desktop Multiplier for Internet Café

How do you quickly and cost effectively install and configure a Linux Internet Café at a major technology trade show?  GWAVA solved this challenge with the Linux Desktop Multiplier for SLED 10 at GWAVACon Dallas.


Providing Internet access on public-access computers is a requirement for all major technology trade shows. The objective is quite straightforward:  Provide users who do not bring their own laptops the ability to stay connected during the trade show.

But how do you quickly and cost effectively install and configure a Linux Internet Café at a trade show? GWAVA solved this challenge with the Linux Desktop Multiplier at GWAVACon Dallas.

The Challenge

"Many GWAVACon attendees bring laptops and notebooks to stay connected," says Richard Bliss, VP of Marketing for GWAVA. "But we still wanted to provide an Internet café for those people who didn't bring a laptop or who just wanted to quickly check their email."

"In the past, GWAVA has installed and configured multiple individual machines to deliver this service. After seeing the Linux Desktop Multiplier for SLED 10 successfully used to provide the Internet café at the GroupWiseR European Summit, we decided to use that solution for GWAVACon this year."

The Solution

Rather than installing and configuring individual machines, GWAVACon took advantage of the power of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and the Linux Desktop Multiplier. The Linux Desktop Multiplier allows up to 10 users to access a single SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop at once.

It took five minutes to install the Linux Desktop Multiplier software and 15 minutes to connect the six monitors and USB keyboards and mice. In 20 minutes, from start to finish, the Internet café was up and running. If GWAVACon had needed to add another 10 or 20 public-access stations, it would have been a matter of simply adding one or two more "Multiplied" SLED 10 computers and the monitors, keyboards and mice."

"The Linux Internet café at GWAVACon ran on an existing SLED 10 desktop," explains Trevor Poapst, Director of Global Marketing and Channel Strategy for Omni. "By adding three dual-head video cards, six monitors and six USB keyboards to the Linux desktop, GWAVA was able to quickly deliver Internet access to conference attendees."

"When you compare the simplicity of installing the Linux Desktop Multiplier to the challenge of installing, configuring and securing multiple individual workstations, you can see the immediate speed and ease of deployment benefits of the Linux Desktop Multiplier. But when you factor in the decreased costs related to being able to use existing hardware, decrease shipping costs, install and secure the desktop once, and flexibility to run up to 10 concurrent user sessions from a single computer, the full value of the Linux Desktop Multiplier comes to the forefront."

The Results

"GWAVACon attendees were able to use the "Multiplied" SLED 10 desktops to access Novell GroupWise, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Firefox and OpenOffice," continues Bliss.

"GWAVACon is a leading technology trade show. Being able to showcase SLED and the power of the Linux Desktop Multiplier was an excellent fit. And the best part of it all was how well the Linux Desktop Multiplier and SLED operating system performed. Attendees were amazed they were all accessing a single computer."

Go to Omni's Linux Desktop Multiplier page.
Go to Omni's GroupWise Email Tools page.
Go to Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop page.

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