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New Linux software targeted at schools

A really Userful product to replace Microsoft

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A Canadian company called Userful claims that it has open source alternative for education establishments faced by the high cost of Windows Multipoint servers: Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011.

Userful claims that the Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011 has been specifically designed for schools enabling them to deploy large number of computer stations at low cost.

Based on Ubuntu, Userful MultiSeat offers the ability to turn one Linux computer into 11 independent computer stations, while providing users with the same set of features as Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.

According to a Userful spokesman, the Multiseat can scale to more than 11 machines but to do so an organisation needs to use "fancy computer hardware which negates much of the cost benefit".

The company claimed that the Multiseat software reduced energy costs by up to 90 percent, enabling schools to recover the cost of their computers through electricity cost savings alone. On average, Userful said, its customers report saving 60 percent in up-front costs, and 80 percent in annual power savings as compared to their previous PC-per-station solutions. The software also comes with a variety of tools, including specialist education software.

The Userful spokesman said the product could be downloaded from the company website and was easy to install but any school that required additional hand-holding would be advised to use the Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011 bundle install DVD. "Users can simply put it in their DVD drive, and it will automatically install Userful MultiSeat, Edubuntu 10.04 operating system, and classroom management software all in a single seamless install," he said.



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Chris Carpenter said: Weve been doing this for yearslong before Microsoft Multipoint with LTSP they just are making it pretty and easier to install

flyfishingwardster said: Not everyone who runs that computer lab in a school is a tech whiz The school my kids go to is a small private school that doesnt have an IT staff and relies on parents who are tech savy to assist the school when they can Edubuntu is a great choice This solution is an all in one As for choosing 104 over 1010the April releases seemd to be more stable than the October releases and seeing as 104 is a LTS release it makes sense there too

Benoit des Ligneris said: Well it really looks like Edubuntu LTSP A bundle LTSP server setup is integrated in Edubuntu installation process anybody can install a thin client server without any prior experience and very minimal technical knowledgewwwedubuntuorgAlso these days why using a version that is more than 6 month old Edubuntu 1010 has lots of improvements



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