December 16, 2005

Innovative Software Doubles Desktop Usage

Ben Li writes "From Userful Portal - Linux Desktops Double Using Innovative New Software - December 15, 2005 - Calgary-based Userful Corporation announced today that for a limited time it will be giving away two-user licenses for its Desktop Multiplier software. Desktop Multiplier enables a single computer running the Linux operating system to provide multiple independent workstations to multiple users at the same time, with each user workstation comprising a keyboard, monitor and mouse. Free two-user licenses to be distributed in this promotion will enable desktop Linux users with a standard dual-head video card to add another workstation by simply plugging in a spare monitor, USB mouse and keyboard.

“Desktop Multiplier fulfills the desires of Linux users who want to take advantage of the versatile multi-user Linux platform to provide up to ten independent user desktops,” says Tim Griffin, president of Userful. “The free two-user giveaway will let Linux users double the utility and value of their existing computer hardware investments without significant additional cost.”

On a standard PC using up to five dual-head video cards, 10 monitors, 10 USB keyboards and 10 mice, Userful’s Desktop Multiplier creates up to 10 independent workstations, with the inputs and outputs of each station isolated from the others. In this way, up to ten users can work on independent desktops private from all other users.

Many people already have two monitors connected to their computer. This software gives them the ability to share this computer. This is particularly helpful over the holliday season when friends and family are visiting from out of town. "It's like having a free computer for Christmas," says Griffin.

Userful customers using Desktop Multiplier-based products consistantly report substantial total cost of ownership savings as a direct result of reducing the number computer boxes that need to be deployed and maintained. For that reason, Desktop Multiplier and Userful solutions incorporating the software have been adopted by hundreds of customers, including libraries, schools and organizations across North America. Desktop Multiplier-based products are being deployed by partners in Central and South America, Africa and Europe.

Userful officially supports Desktop Multiplier on current versions of the following Linux distributions: CentOS, Debian, Fedora Core, Linspire, Mandrake, Novell Desktop Linux, RedHat Enterprise Linux WS, SuSE, Ubuntu, and Xandros.

Users may opt to apply their free 2-user license to Userful's Desktop Server, which provides a complete desktop Linux distribution pre-installed with Desktop Multiplier.

To obtain free two-user licenses as well and more information, visit


Key contacts:

Ben Li
Marketing and PR Coordinator
Phone: 403.289-2177 Ext. 223

Tim Griffin
President, Userful
Phone: 403.289-2177 Ext. 299

About Userful (

Userful's products provide robust platforms to deliver cost-effective multi-user Linux desktop workstations to public computing venues world wide. Userful's Desktop Multiplier software is included in its DiscoverStation to deliver up to 10 Linux workstations from just one standard PC. Founded in 1999, Userful's strong growth is fueled by vigorous demand for public computing and desktop Linux world wide. Userful continues to gain momentum in a market anxious for affordable alternatives to traditional computers. Userful was recently named Alberta's 15th fastest growing company under $20 million in revenue. Userful is a privately held company."

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