EnabledPeople and Partners Deploy 50 000 Linux Desktops in Brazil

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BitWay Computadores, EnabledPeople and IMTECH Brazil companies today announced that they made large PC desktops deployments for «Computers for All» Brazil federal government program. Ready PC solution provided by Bitway includes preinstalled Linux XP Desktop operating system developed by EnabledPeople and supported by IMTECH. Estimated month deployment is about 10000 desktops with 50000 desktops already delivered.

BitWay Computadores, EnabledPeople and IMTECH Brazil companies today announced that they made large PC desktops deployments for «Computers for All» Brazil federal government program. Ready PC solution provided by Bitway includes preinstalled Linux XP Desktop operating system developed by EnabledPeople and supported by IMTECH. Estimated month deployment is about 10000 desktops with 50000 desktops already delivered.

Linux XP Desktop is a user-friendly desktop operating system for home and office users. With a preinstalled version, a user gets an applications set including OpenOffice package (supports .DOC, .XLS, .PPT formats), corporate class Evolution e-mail client, Firefox web browser, multi-protocol GAIM instant messenger and other software. Linux XP Desktop is RedHat-compatible OS and therefore has a maximum of other software available.

Timofey Korolyov, EnabledPeople: First, we develope Linux XP Desktop as a solution for those PC users who don't want to spent their's time studying Linux-specific technical stuff and want to get maximally simple but working system on their's PC. That's why our system is much more simple than a lot of Linux distributions. The second, our roadmap includes serious improvement of corporate Windows compatibility like Windows NT/200X domains support. We almost completed development of an unique integration toolset which allow remote Linux desktop management from Microsoft Active Directory. This toolset will help a large organizations to better understand a possible Linux benefits without changing administration paradigm (management via system policies).

Isamar Maia, IMTECH: We see LXPD as definitely the best desktop solution for people who have no PC experience because it's very simple and has a compact set of powerful applications. The system is 100% compatible with RedHat platform technologies; this means simpler support procedure for us than comparing with numerous Debian-based desktop solutions available on the market. Moreover, Linux XP Desktop has a perfect Windows compatibility that is desirable for our corporate clients (they were impressed that could choose Windows domain in the system login window or run Windows programs).

According to a partnership agreement signed before between EnabledPeople and IMTECH, the companies will work together on Latin America Linux solutions market. IMTECH will represent EnabledPeople's interests, sale EnabledPeople's products and provide technical support on Portugal by phone and by web helpdesk for the products. «Computers for All» is the first joint project of the companies under this partnership.

To meet the «Computers for All» Program requirements, EnabledPeople and IMTECH rebuilt Linux XP Desktop, adopted it to The Program specifications, performed full Portuguese localization and included specially built hardware drivers (some modem drivers were built in Motorola company specially for the project). The final desktop solution was highly appreciated by BitWay.

Martial Camara, BitWay: For this government program, we need very simple and user-friendly desktop solution including phone technical support on Portuguese language. The solution proposed by EnabledPeople and IMTECH companies fit these requirements by maximum, it is clear and understandable for our customers and allows them easily perform all functions required by the Program.

About «Computers for All» Brazil Federal Government program

The Project «Connected Citizen - Computer for All» is a part of the Brazilian Program of Digital Inclusion of the Federal Government, initiated into 2003. The «Computer for All» objective is to promote digital inclusion to the population and to boost technological development. The program is supported by the following organizations: Brazil Ministry of Cities, Brazil Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil Ministry of the Development of the Industry and Commerce, Brazil Ministry of Communications, Brazil Ministry of Education, Brazil Ministry of the Projection, Budget and Management, The Treasury of Brazil, The Federal Service of Data processing, National Institute of Information Technologies, Bank of Brazil, CAIXA Federal Savings Bank. More information is available at http://www.computadorparatodos.gov.br (Portugal).

About EnabledPeople

EnabledPeople is a trademark of LINUX-ONLINE LLC, a leading Linux corporate solutions provider in Russia and an emerging world leader of the Linux migration solutions market. EnabledPeople developes Linux XP Desktop since 2005; at September 21, 2006 EnabledPeople had published international version of the product. More information is available at http://www.enabledpeople.com.

More information about Linux XP Desktop operating system is available at http://www.linux-xp.com.

About IMTECH

IMTECH provides and supports complete solutions for IP Telephony, OEM solutions for PC Manufactures and various system solutions. Most of IMTECH solutions are based or related with OpenSource products and technologies. More information is available at http://www.imtech.com.br.

About BitWay Computadores

Bitway is the biggest manufacturer of personal computers in the North and Northeast of Brazil, located in Ilheus. Bitway is also the first PC manufacturer in Brazil providing 100% of its production with preinstalled Linux systems. More information is available at http://www.bitway.com.br.

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