Userful Corporation has released Useful MultiSeat 4.0 Software that turns one Linux desktop PC into 11 high performance independent computer stations using standard USB devices such as the HP t100, Wyse E01, MCT MWS 8820, and DisplayLink devices.
Userful MultiSeat software enables schools and businesses to deploy more than twice as many computers for the same cost, while enabling up to 11 users to use different applications at the same time from one host computer, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
All this at the fractional cost of just $59 per seat (education pricing), making MultiSeat Linux software solution the lowest cost computing solution available with the features and performance of a full desktop computer.
Already sold worldwide more than 750,000 copies of this software, the Userful MultiSeat enables business organizations to quickly deploy large numbers of computer stations for a very low cost, whether in the classroom, office, call center, oil field, hospital, library, military base, hotel, internet cafe, or anywhere else multiple computers in close proximity are needed.
It reduces hardware costs by up to 80%, and reduces required infrastructure including power plugs, cabling, etc. by a factor of 10 as compared to a traditional PC-per-seat solution and can also reduces energy costs by up to 90%. allowing small business or organizations to recover the cost of their computers through electricity cost savings over a couple of 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.”
Each user individually controls his or her own station and applications. To the user, it seems like they each have their own dedicated PC, but in reality they are all sharing the resources of a single host computer.
With the Plug-n-Play simple setup, simply plug USB MultiSeat devices into the host PC, plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse into each USB MultiSeat device, install Userful MultiSeat Linux software, and the system is ready to support multiple users using different applications at the same time from one computer, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Userful MultiSeat is also available as part of a software bundle for schools, called Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011. This all-in-one install DVD is a Linux based software bundle that includes a wide variety of no cost applications such as: Edubuntu operating system, iTALC classroom computer management tool, OpenOffice.org office suite, Firefox web browser, and subject based applications for astronomy, chemistry, languages, mathematics, planning, and more.
Hundreds more applications can be installed at no charge with a single click through the Software Center — a centralized repository of free Linux based applications. Teachers can use additional free open source software to further lower costs, easily tailor curricula to individual students, and monitor and control the classroom computers. Students can develop digital skills that will help them with their school work and prepare them for jobs in the future.
Userful Corp provides a compelling alternative for businesses who no longer want the costs and headaches of a server room, traditional thin clients, or large numbers of PCs. Userful MultiSeat desktop virtualization works with ordinary low cost PCs and zero clients. It’s the lowest cost solution that offers important features such as hot desking, fail over capacity, local USB device access, and high performance streaming video.