January 21, 2005

Online Training Eases Migration To Linux Desktop

David Orban writes "New Online Training Eases Migration To The Linux Desktop

Questar announces OpenICDL.com, the missing link for comfortable widescale adoption of desktop open source solutions

MILAN, January 20, 2005 - Questar today announced OpenICDL.com, the online training solution for basic computer skills based on open source and desktop Linux. Using a modern personal computer is an everyday need, and OpenICDL gives users the opportunity to put their knowledge of it on a firm base by training in an open source environment. ICDL, which stands for the International Computer Driving License (also known as ECDL, European Computer Driving License, in Europe), is a standard certification of basic computer skills adopted in over 50 countries, and achieved by over 3,5 million people worldwide. The new OpenICDL.com online training course is compliant with the requirements of the ICDL certification, and is the first to use desktop Linux-based programs as a basis. Linspire, an easy-to-use desktop Linux operating system, OpenOffice.org, a complete productivity and office suite, and Mozilla, a fast and secure Internet navigation and email suite, are used throughout OpenICDL.comâs training modules.

"Education on the use of Linux desktops is crucial for their wide adoption in businesses, schools, and at home" said David Orban, CEO of Questar. "The comfort level of the non-technical user in the effective use of these tools has to match the systemsâ maturity and affordability. This is the key in unlocking the value in desktop Linux."

OpenICDL.com's training modules are accessible directly online at OpenICDL.com, and comprise a modern and easy-to-follow e-learning suite. Users follow self-paced modules that convey a rich experience in covering the subject matter, and can access the content at their convenience at any time from their business, school, or home. The system records and remembers the areas already covered, and offers interactive exercises and tests through which the users can self-assess their level of understanding.

"The modern, and captivating interface of OpenICDL.com, together with the high educational quality of its content assures an efficient learning experience" added Massimo Falchetta, CEO of NativeDreams. "The choice of open source software, complemented with quality e-learning solutions, gives an excellent value to Questar's partners, and customers."

OpenICDL contains seven modules:
Concepts of Information Technology,
Using the Computer, and File Management,
Spreadsheets,
Word processing,
Databases,
Presentation tools,
Information and communication.

Interested users can register online for a free demo version of OpenICDL.com. All the content of OpenICDL currently present, and all of that which is going to be constantly added to it in the future is available at an affordable, and simple yearly subscription rate of $49.95 directly at OpenICDL.com.

For more information, please contact:

David Orban
Questar
+39 035 420-1499
press@questar.it

About Questar

Questar (www.questar.it) is a virtual subsidiary company focused on the localization, republishing, channel development, sales and support activities of innovative software products. Questar's two divisions, the Enterprise Division for solutions designed for the professional and corporate market, and the Retail Division with products for the home, and SOHO users, provide technical support, and training services, to maximize the products' success, and customer satisfaction, and market the products through wholesale distribution, VARs, retail outlets, and online or offline mail order companies.

OpenICDL is a trademark of NativeDreams.com. OpenICDL, and NativeDreams ECDL are published worldwide by Questar. Other marks used herein may be the property of their respective owners."

Link: openicdl.com

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