First off, the team at Userful want to wish all of you a very happy 2011! At Userful, we're looking forward to another very exciting year and we will keep you abreast of our ongoing developments on this blog and around the web, on our website and also on our Facebook and Twitter sites. So make sure to check those out for the latest news, advice and offers from us.
Last week, Userful President and CEO, Timothy Griffin, attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada. While at CES, Tim took the opportunity to speak to some key questions about Desktop Virtualization and the Userful solution.
Topics covered include the Linux opportunity in emerging nations, multiseat vs netbooks, the benefits and cost savings of zero-client solutions, and a general overview of Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011.
Well, after a very successful Beta release in November, the time has come to launch the official release of Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011! The software now turns 1 PC into 11, enabling up to 11 students to use different applications at the same time from one host computer. Each student is equipped with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Our goal with Userful MultiSeat is to help schools quickly deploy large numbers of computer stations for a very low cost, whether in their classrooms, computer labs, or school library.
Here are some additional highlights of what Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011 offers:
Comes bundled with 100s of free educational software applications
Includes a suite of tools for managing classroom computers
Plug and play - 30 minute system set up, including apps and OS installation!
High performance streaming video
Available in 12 languages
Low cost - only $59 per seat pricing for education use
So what does this mean? Ministries of Education, governments, and NGOs from all over the world can deploy more than two times as many computers for the same budget dollars using familiar and flexible, standard PC hardware, accompanied by a simple low-cost USB device. On a global scale that means millions of additional children can now gain computer access for the first time, using money already set aside by governments and NGOs for digital inclusion. Read more...
One of the United Nations' millenium development goals is to end poverty by bringing primary education to children everywhere by 2015. Our mission to bring sustainable multiseat computing to the world is well under way. We've been involved in one of the largest digital inclusion initiatives in the world to date, with an historic deployment of over 350,000 linux computer workstations in Brazil. So far, our software is being used in over 50,000 schools worldwide, providing millions of students with access to an education using computers.