Calgary’s Userful way ahead of Microsoft in the multiseat space

Posted by Sarah Blue

Userful Corporation, the world leader in multiseat Linux desktop virtualization, today announced that 30,000 schools worldwide have chosen Userful virtual desktops to reduce computing costs and improve computer-to-student ratios. Microsoft recently announced its own multi-seat solution, Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, seven years after Userful pioneered the technology on Linux back in 2002. Another classic case of Linux vs. Windows, only this time Linux has the upper hand with Userful having already sold 750,000 seats.

Userful is a great solution for schools with today’s educational funding woes. Much like Windows MultiPoint, Userful virtual desktops allow up to 10 students to simultaneously and independently share a single PC, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Userful supports many of the same USB multi-seat devices as Windows MultiPoint, making it easy to turn one computer into many. Unlike Windows MultiPoint which will require users to purchase a Windows Server license and a separate client access license (CAL) per seat, Userful's solution uses free Linux for the server, reducing the cost to just $69 per seat.

"We think Microsoft joining us in the multiseat space is great news, it underscores the worldwide demand for multi-seat computing -- a demand Userful has been satisfying for seven years now shipping Userful Multiplier for Linux," said Tim Griffin, President of Userful Corp.

 

Company:
Userful Corporation
Website:
http://www.userful.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Userful lets anyone provide secure managed desktop computers at a fraction of traditional costs. Our software lets you multiply and manage your desktops -- multiplying your hardware investment by delivering up to ten workstations from just one standard PC, and managing them all through an admin web site. Userful software is used daily on over 30,000 desktops worldwide from schools and libraries to hotels and... more


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