Macedonia and NComputing – The party continues!

by Jon Thompson on July 24, 2008

I have to admit that I read about this a while ago but seeing as though my story about Macedonia and Ubuntu got some attention I thought it only fair that I point out that NComputing is doing it’s part to facilitate Macedonia’s Computer for Every Child initiative.  According to NComputing’s Republic of Macedonia page:

“Once considered the least developed of the former Yugoslavian republics, Macedonia is leaping into the 21st century. Thanks to low-cost virtual desktop technology from NComputing, Macedonia is the first country ever to provide 1:1 computing (one computer per student) to its entire public school population.”

For those of you who don’t know about NComputing it was started by eMachines founder Stephen Dukker.  Check out this recent San Jose/Mercury News article on the company.  Here’s a bit about their association with international non-profit groups:

“The company has partnerships with numerous international non-profit groups, including U.S.-based Save the Children, Ateliers Sans Frontieres in France, Bangladesh-based BRAC, the Organization for American States, UNESCO and the Azim Premji Foundation, founded by the chairman of the information technology giant Wipro in India.”

DesktopLinux.com ran this story almost a year ago so I am way behind with this post but NComputing did just make it back in the news with a roll out in India that ZDNet Asia covered.

According to the USAID Macedonia website the project wrapped up in March but I’ll see if I can’t dig up some more info on the eSchools program.

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