loveLife Chooses Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy for Youth Centres
loveLife used the Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy to deploy full-featured desktops in its youth centres. The strategy enabled loveLife to stretch its limited desktop budget and bridge the digital divide for more South African youth.
Launched in September 1999, loveLife is South Africa’s national HIV prevention programme for youth. loveLife has successfully brought together a broad coalition of international organisations to accomplish one shared goal – to stem the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and related sexually transmitted infections among South Africa’s young people.
loveLife is having a measurable impact on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in South Africa through many innovative initiatives. These include multi-purpose youth facilities, a telephone helpline for youth, a bright purple loveTRAIN that tours the country, HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns in the media, and a mobile loveTOUR radio broadcasting unit.
Omni is proud to have supported Novell South Africa in delivering affordable Multiplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops for loveLife's youth centres.
loveLife faced the challenge of determining how best to deploy desktop computers in their youth centres. Like many governments, school districts, universities and colleges tasked with delivering wider computer desktop access, loveLife's budget was unable to meet the demand.
The electrical and infrastructure requirements for traditional stand-alone desktops also presented a challenge. Many youth centres in rural areas are simply not equipped to power modern computer labs. Network wiring and the cost of Internet switches can add tens of thousands of Rands to a desktop deployment in a youth centre.
loveLife engaged Novell South Africa's team to identify the most affordable way to deploy Linux desktops in their youth centres. Novell's recommendation was SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 with a software add-on called the Linux Desktop Multiplier, powered by Userful. Omni is Userful's Preferred Partner worldwide for Desktop Multiplier deployments on SLED 10 from Novell.
The Linux Desktop Multiplier allows up to 10 full-client stations to be connected to a single SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. For standard applications – word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, Internet browser, email program, drawing and painting software, Linux education software – Multiplied Linux Desktops deliver an almost identical user experience to stand-alone desktops.
The difference, however, is that Multiplied Linux Desktops deliver up to 70 to 80% cost savings on hardware, maintenance, electricity, infrastructure and other support costs. These savings are in addition to the compelling value of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, which is a tenth of a cost of Microsoft Vista.
As part of their initial pilot, loveLife deployed five, 7-user Multiplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops in their youth centres. The Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy enabled the organisation to stretch its limited desktop budget and help bridge the digital divide for more South African youth.