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Tectonic: Smart Answer to Digital Divide

Mar 28, 2003, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kodek for this link. ]

"Cape Town-based Wizzy Digital Courier, which delivers Internet content via a courier system, and offers cost effective computing and Internet access to schools, has launched a pilot project in Eshowe in Zululand. Eshowe is a small, rural town with very little telephone connectivity.

"Andy Rabagliati, technical director of Wizzy Digital Courier, says the company selected KwaZibonele Junior Primary--a school with 950 pupils in grades one to four and with an average age of nine--for the pilot. The school had previously been donated eight computers but had little use for them.

"Wizzy Digital Courier has installed two servers: one of its small servers used for e-mail and radio connectivity and a Linux thin-client server to replace the Microsoft software on the school computers. The thin-client software reduces maintenance in a school environment because instead of performing maintenance on every computer in the network all configuration and software installation is only performed only once on the thin-client server..."

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