Userful and Ubuntu Make Desktop Linux Even More Cost-Effective

Ubuntu with Userful's 'Multiplier' offers dramatic hardware and software savings, literally offering organizations ten Linux workstations for what they would otherwise spend on just a single Windows computer with commercial office and graphics software.

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(PRWEB) September 20, 2006

Userful Corporation announces the wide-spread availability of its multi-station Linux software that enables Ubuntu users worldwide to easily add multiple workstations to their existing computers. Userful is pleased to partner with Ubuntu as an ISV to add robust, user-friendly multi-station functionality in the hopes that even more people will benefit from access to modern computer desktops.

"Our virtualized X-server enables a single Ubuntu PC equipped with extra video cards to support up to 10 monitors, USB keyboards, and users simultaneously," says Tim Griffin, President of Userful. "Ubuntu with Userful's 'Multiplier' offers dramatic hardware and software savings, literally offering organizations ten Linux workstations for what they would otherwise spend on just a single Windows computer with commercial office and graphics software."

Userful's Multiplier software is ideally suited for organizations that wish to deploy large numbers of workstations for users without deploying a large number of computers. By sharing the processing power and resources of modern, often overpowered PCs with up to nine additional users, Userful and Ubuntu can reduce IT management, electrical and cooling costs by more than fifty percent per workstation.

"By making Userful's Multiplier available on Ubuntu, we are adding significantly to the potential savings to be made by our customers," commented Malcolm Yates, ISV and Partner Manager at Canonical. "This unique solution is suitable for schools, small businesses and developing markets, where computing resources tend to be scarce."

Ubuntu 6.06 users who wish to try Userful's Multiplier should enable the multiverse option for 'dapper-updates' and install the 14 MB 'desktop-multiplier' package.

About Userful

Since 2002, Calgary, Alberta based Userful has offered a unique computer resource sharing system, 1-Box™, that allows up to ten people to share the resources of a single computer. In addition to 1-Box™, Userful offers the DiscoverStation® suite of public access software, designed to address the security, pricing and accessibility challenges libraries face every day with public access computer deployments.

About Ubuntu

Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with millions distributed and in use around the world. Ubuntu will always be free, and will not have restrictive licenses associated with it. With these goals in mind at all times, Ubuntu aims at being the most widely used of all Linux systems, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. Read more about Ubuntu at http://www.ubuntu.com. The latest version can be downloaded at http://www.ubuntu.com/download

About Canonical Ltd.

Canonical Ltd. is committed to the development, distribution and promotion of open source software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community. With a global organization headquartered in Europe, Canonical has employees throughout Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australia.

Contacts:

Malcolm Yates

ISV and Partner Manager, Canonical Ltd

Tim Griffin                    

President, Userful                

Phone: 403.289-2177 Ext. 299

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