Macedonia is the first nation to provide PCs to every school child using virtual PC technology from NComputing.
The Computer for Every Child project of the Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science will deploy 180,000 NComputing-enabled workstation seats, enough to provide every elementary and secondary school student with their own classroom computing device.
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NComputing's multi-user virtual desktop software and low-cost virtual PC terminals, along with supporting Linux-based PCs, were found to be less than half the cost of any other proposed system, said Ivo Ivanovski, Macedonia's Minister for the Information Society.
"The Computer for Every Child initiative is the largest and most important education project undertaken in the 15-year history of the Republic of Macedonia," said Ivanovsky.
"Our goal is to build a knowledge-based economy in which our entire workforce is educated in using ICT within the next five years," he said.
The supplier's technology allows a single PC to be shared by multiple simultaneous users, each running their own applications. Setup begins with software on the shared PC that creates multiple virtual user desktops. Standard monitors, keyboards and mice then plug into very low-cost virtual PCs - also known as access terminals.
Pricing starts at £35 per seat.