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Koolu Now Offers Extreme Green Computer Customers Access to Google Apps Productivity Suite

To promote Green Computing programs, Koolu is now offering all new customers that buy an Extreme Green Computer before March 1, 2008, a chance to win a free vacation to visit the tropical paradise of Costa Rica

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2008) - Koolu, a leading provider of environmentally friendly, thin client solutions based on free and open source Linux software, today joined Google's Referral Program for Google Apps(TM), Google's web-based platform for simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools. The new referral program will enable Koolu to provision automatically its Extreme Green Computer customer base with Google Apps, making it even easier for small businesses to collaborate and share information while computing in an environmentally friendly way.

"Google is excited to work with Koolu to provide businesses with rich applications to stay connected and communicate effectively," stated Maureen Bradford, Google's Enterprise Product Marketing Manager. "With Koolu's expertise in thin-client software and service and Google's experience in communication and collaboration, business customers can be productive more quickly."

"We are very pleased to be working with Google. We feel that Google and Koolu are both interested in making access to information simpler and more economical. By increasing the economical value-add, computer use may increase around the world and at the same time reduce the demands on the environment," said Andrew Greig, Koolu's CEO. "Google's proven track record in creating mainstream and powerful web-based applications means that our customers will be able access their information wherever there's an Internet connection."

Koolu is the first Canadian company to use the Google Apps' provisioning API to sign up business customers for Google Apps, which include Gmail(TM) webmail services, Google Calendar(TM) shared calendaring, Google Docs(TM) for documents, spreadsheets and presentations, Google Talk(TM) instant messaging and voice-over-IP, and the Google Start Page(TM) feature for creating a customizable home page on a specific domain.

The applications are hosted by Google and can be accessed via most standard internet browsers. Businesses can choose between Google Apps Standard Edition, which is free and includes online support, or Google Apps Premier Edition, which includes additional storage, security and compliance controls, a set of administration and business integration capabilities, and 24x7 assistance including phone support for critical issues for a low annual fee of $50.

Koolu sells a cell phone-sized Extreme Green Computer, which requires only 5-10 watts of power, has no moving parts and costs $299. The device is perfect for small businesses and users in emerging economies that need a low cost device to empower them to build and a run an online business from virtually anywhere in the world.

The combination of Google Apps and Koolu's Extreme Green Computer is one of the best ways for a small office home office (SOHO) to reduce their computing solution's total cost of ownership and simplify technical support issues.

In remote areas around the world, such as South America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, the Koolu Extreme Green Computer is very popular because it can last up to 90% longer than conventional computers. In areas where villagers are using bicycle-powered generators, using as little electricity as possible to computer is a very important product benefit.

In developed countries that are trying to reduce carbon emissions, the Koolu Extreme Green Computer is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by electricity generation. A Koolu Extreme Green computer only uses 10% of the power required by most computers. In fact, by using a Koolu Extreme Green Computer over a one year time period, users can save the same amount of CO2 emissions that would have been produced by driving an automobile for two weeks.

All Koolu customers who buy an Extreme Green Computer before March 1, 2008, automatically will be entered into a contest to win a free five-day trip to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. During their stay in Costa Rica, they will have the opportunity to take a tour of EARTH University and learn more about ways to save the world by reducing carbon emissions.

In addition to the drawing for the free trip, Koolu has pledged to donate $1 to the EARTH University for every business customer that they provision using Google's API sign up tool.

Koolu's Extreme Green computer is available at http://shop.koolu.com for $299 and provides the following features:

  • Processor (AMD Geode(TM) LX 800)
  • 512 MB of PC 3200 RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Disk
  • VGA port with up to 1920 x 1440 display resolution
  • 4 USB ports with printer, keyboard, mouse, and storage support
  • Full 16-bit audio with stereo; Microphone-in, and Audio-out/Headphone
  • Case (H x W x D: 1.4" (35 mm) x 5.5" (140 mm) x 5.1" (130 mm))
  • Power Supply
  • Typically uses less than 10 watts, but this may vary according to options installed.

Green Computing Fund Raising and Investment

Individuals, businesses and partners interested in supporting, investing or donating money to Koolu's Green Computing Movement to reduce carbon emissions should contact Darren Dobson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Koolu

Koolu is a privately held Canadian Company serving a global market with customers in over 27 countries. Koolu's passion is in easy-to-use, low-cost and ecologically friendly green computing and communications products. Collaborating with best-of-breed companies, Koolu provides Linux-based solutions using Free and Open Source software and other solutions such as Google Applications.

About EARTH University

EARTH University, which is located in the warm and sunny tropics of Costa Rica, is a private, non-profit, international university that first opened in 1990. The university aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the humid tropics, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. The university's program emphasizes the development of ethics and positive values, entrepreneurship, social and environmental awareness and solid technical and scientific knowledge. EARTH University has approximately 400 students, 80 percent of whom study at EARTH thanks to a scholarship program funded by private donors, companies and institutions from around the world.

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Andrew Greig
Koolu Media Contact

1.905.751.4202

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EARTH University
Dr. Jose A. Zaglul
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