When looking for open source alternatives, Carlos found a video of Userful MultiSeat software running on HP t100 Thin Clients on the Internet and shared the video with his colleagues. "We were very interested in the features showcased in the video, where 1 computer was multiplied by 10, and the teacher was able to control the content and supervise the work of every user on all the terminals," said Carlos Eduardo Blake. "I immediately sent Userful an online request for trial licenses, and with their answer I learned that there was a Userful Technological Partner in the same city where we were located: Technotrend." Technotrend installed the trial Userful licenses at the Valle Real Americano School, and helped to support the school during the free trial. The trial was setup using some of the schools existing equipment and using new hardware provided by Technotrend. "They were very helpful and even lent us some equipment to evaluate the solution and witness its performance," said Carlos Eduardo Blake.
The trial was so positive that the school decided to switch its computers permanently to the Userful MultiSeat solution, and deployed a digital lab with 14 independent HP t100 Thin Client terminals connected to a single host PC. "The performance of Userful MultiSeat Linux is very stable compared to Microsoft MultiPoint. To deploy the same amount of stations that we did with Userful, it would require more and better hardware to do the same at the same speed," said Sergio Ivan Castellanos, Special Projects Engineer and Product Engineer at Technotrend.