Userful MultiSeat is a multiseat Linux desktop virtualization solution that enables a single computer to support up to 11 independent users at the same time, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse by using USB multiseat devices, and virtualizing the X server. This approach offers the features of a full PC including high performance video and significantly reduces hardware costs, support and maintenance costs, electricity consumption, and e-waste as compared to stand alone PCs or thin clients. It installs on popular Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Edubuntu (operating system for schools). It supports 3D graphics, per-seat USB, 2-way audio, and all major USB multiseat devices, including the HP t100, t150 & t200, Acer Zero-Client Docking Station, Viewsonic VMA10, Atrust M200 & M202, GWC DU2600, and Displaylink devices, as well as video cards from Intel, ATI, and NVIDIA. Userful MultiSeat is available as both a standalone package for multi-seat enabling your Linux distribution of choice, and as a bundled install DVD for schools, which Includes Userful MultiSeat, Edubuntu operating system for education, and the ITALC classroom management tool. It was formerly called Userful Multiplier.
Userful Desktop is a locked-down and secure desktop Linux distribution designed for schools, libraries, kiosks, Internet cafes, digital signage, and public access computers. Customization and control is all done through the cloud: a simple and intuitive administration Web site. The "Userful MultiSeat" desktop virtualization software that supports Ethernet and USB connected zero clients is also included. Desktop settings can be managed for thousands of desktops at once via session profiles, which are created and stored in the cloud. Key features include time management, print cost recovery, Internet filtering, privacy protection, automated clean-up, remote desktop monitoring and control, prepaid cards, and automatic updates. It replaces both DiscoverStation and Desktop Server.
Pre-Book is a PC bookings and reservation system consisting of a Linux based server, and Windows and Linux client management software. Pre-book enables you to enforce equitable time usage of your desktop computers by limiting users to a set amount of time per day, and has numerous advanced features such as advance reservations, grace periods, no-show penalties, holiday hours, PAM authentication, etc. It is appropriate for libraries, schools, Internet cafes, university labs, and similar. The client software is available for Windows as well as Userful Desktop, a locked-down multiseat desktop Linux distribution for public computers.
Userful Live CD is a unique multiseat Linux live CD that lets one computer function as two. Booting from this CD temporarily transforms your dual-monitor PC or laptop (with an extra USB keyboard and mouse) into a "dual-seat" PC, supporting two independent users at the same time, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. A single keystroke links your keyboards and monitors. The live CD also includes Userful Multiplier and Userful Desktop.
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