Stavanger, October 23rd, 2023

“Friend Software Labs, The IT Company, and eLogic Collaborate to Launch Friend Books, a Norwegian-Developed Alternative to Chromebooks for Education”

Stavanger, October 23rd, 2023 — Friend Software Labs, The IT Company, and eLogic are thrilled to announce their strategic partnership for the development and launch of "Friend Books," a revolutionary educational solution designed to empower students and educators with a secure and affordable computing platform. This innovative project, known as "Back2School," aims to adapt the acclaimed Friend OS for PC hardware, providing students and schools with a powerful, locally controlled alternative to the Google ecosystem.

In recent years, Chromebooks have gained popularity as an economical option for digital education in Norway and beyond. However, this convenience often comes at the cost of dependence on a single large corporation and limited control over data privacy. Friend Books, powered by Friend OS, is poised to offer a robust, feature-rich, and secure alternative to Chromebooks, with a particular focus on the educational sector.

The Back2School project will leverage the expertise of all three partners to create a dynamic, user-friendly, and cost-effective solution for students. Friend Books aims to match Chromebooks feature for feature, combining on-device functionality, collaborative tools, and a dedicated educational cloud infrastructure that prioritizes data privacy and local control.

Key Partners:

Friend Software Labs: The visionary developer behind Friend OS, an innovative operating system built on Linux and web technologies. Friend Software Labs brings cutting-edge solutions to the table, with a focus on user-friendly, cloud-based experiences.

The IT Company: A trusted expert in running online infrastructure and managing Linux-based architecture. Their extensive experience ensures the robustness and reliability of the Friend Books solution.

eLogic: A company with a long history of IT and software development for large Norwegian corporations, offering a wealth of expertise in software consulting and development.

The development and adaptation of Friend OS for PC hardware is a step forward in delivering a secure and locally controlled digital education platform. Friend Books is set to unlock the full potential of schools in Norway, the Nordics, and eventually across Europe. This collaborative endeavor reaffirms the commitment to providing innovative solutions for students and educators while prioritizing data privacy and local autonomy.

Friend Books is poised to change the landscape of digital education, offering an alternative that empowers schools to embrace digital learning while retaining control over their data and systems.

For more information about Friend Books, Friend Software Labs, The IT Company, and eLogic, please contact:

About Friend Software Labs:

Friend Software Labs is a leading developer in the field of cloud operating systems. Its innovative solution, Friend OS, is designed to provide a seamless, user-friendly computing experience with a strong emphasis on security and privacy. Friend Software Labs is committed to revolutionizing the way we interact with technology and data.

About The IT Company:

The IT Company is a trusted provider of online infrastructure and Linux-based architecture management services. With a strong track record in ensuring the reliability and efficiency of IT systems, The IT Company is dedicated to delivering exceptional solutions that meet the needs of businesses and educational institutions.

About eLogic:

eLogic is a prominent player in the field of IT and software development, offering comprehensive services, including consulting, software development, and systems integration. With a focus on delivering solutions for large Norwegian corporations, eLogic brings a wealth of experience to the Back2School project.