Useful addition to desktop virtualisation – with free giveaway

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Standard USB devices for desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization software license giveaway at Computex

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The Userful Corporation is giving away free software licenses for its Userful MultiSeat software which turns one Linux computer into 10 independent computer stations.

Using standard USB devices such as the HP t100 and t150, Wyse E01 and DisplayLink devices, Userful said that MultiSeat enables schools and businesses to deploy more than twice as many computers for the same cost, while enabling up to 10 users to use different applications at the same time from one host computer, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

According to the company, MultiSeat organisations can deploy large numbers of computer stations for a very low cost, whether in the school, internet cafe, deskless work environment, or anywhere else multiple computers in close proximity are needed. Userful MultiSeat reduces hardware costs by up to 80%, and reduces required infrastructure (power plugs, cabling, etc.) by a factor of 10 as compared to a traditional PC-per-seat solution. It also reduces energy costs by up to 90%, enabling organizations to recover the cost of their computers through electricity cost savings over a few years.

“Userful MultiSeat software and HP MultiSeat USB thin client hardware are an ideal solution for regions such as India, where schools need to deploy large numbers of full featured computers for minimal cost, using minimal infrastructure,” said Rajat Mehta, Country Manager PSG, HP India. “Userful is a professional and responsive company that enables schools to leverage Linux and open source software for a very
professional, and high performance user experience.”

The company said that more than 50,000 schools worldwide are already using Userful to provide millions of students with computer access. Userful has proven to be the computer solution of choice for governments with digital inclusion mandates to provide school age children with computer access, on limited budgets. Countries such as Brazil, who have already successfully deployed over 500,000 Userful computer stations to schools in every municipality, have shown that with the combined cost savings of Userful MultiSeat, Linux, and open source software, it is feasible to provide every student with a comprehensive education using computers, regardless of whether they live in a city or a remote indigenous village with little infrastructure. The Brazilian Ministry of Education has reported saving 60% in up-front costs, and 80% in annual power savings as compared to their previous PC-per-station solutions.

“Userful and DisplayLink have worked closely together to build support for DisplayLink USB virtual graphics enabled devices with the market leading Userful Linux solution.” said Dennis Crespo, DisplayLink Executive VP, Marketing and Business Development. “The performance and ease of use of the Userful MultiSeat software running on DisplayLink technology enabled devices is outstanding. As the leader in USB virtual graphics, DisplayLink is excited to be a part of the super easy way to set-up and run computer sharing. Now schools can spend less time and money configuring systems, and more time providing students with practical computing experience.”

“The theme at Computex this year is shaping the future” said Tim Griffin, President of Userful. “Userful is shaping the future of economically and environmentally sustainable educational computing. We’ve already done the world’s largest ever desktop virtualization deployment, and one of the largest digital inclusion initiatives in the world. Userful is the perfect solution for anyone who wants the benefits of desktop virtualization, without the price tag. It’s also lower cost than netbooks, and doesn’t have the same concerns around recharging, durability, theft, e-waste, warranty, or small screen size.”

Userful said that it was now offering a free 10 station, 90 day pilot for any department of education worldwide so that educators can easily experience first hand the high performance, and ease of use of the solution.

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