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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Well-known Linux luminary Jon "maddog" Hall is CTO and "ambassador" of a startup selling Linux-based thin clients and network appliances. Koolu currently has two hardware offerings that run Ubuntu Linux, and work with Google Apps in energy- and pollution-sparing installations for business, government, and education.
Koolu's motto is "save a tonne with koolu," referring to the amount of carbon emissions spared by its low-powered device, compared to running a standard client PC for a year. Network-based computing -- for example with Google Apps as the backend -- also offers advantages in data security, safety, and computer maintenance, the company contends.