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Libraries Use Linux to Reduce Costs and IT Workload by Fifty Percent

CALGARY, AB (January 19, 2005) - Userful, leaders in public computing solutions, announces a unique Linux-based software, DiscoverStation, that creates substantial cost savings for libraries.  DiscoverStation turns one computer into ten, and includes a turnkey suite of management software for public computing in libraries. DiscoverStation's extensive features  ensure public computing is easy, reliable, and cost-efficient for libraries.  Libraries across North America are replacing their traditional PC's and Thin Clients with DiscoverStation and are reporting an average savings of fifty percent to  their budget and their IT staff's time.

Karen Harrison, Director of Coquitlam Public Library, said, "Management of the DiscoverStation network is more cost-effective than our former PC-based system.  Because DiscoverStation includes ongoing maintenance, software and hardware replacement, we can keep the system current without an excessive drain on our budget.  Userful is a highly responsive partner in our public access computing program.  They listen to us.  They attend to our needs.  Their product attends to our needs."

DiscoverStation offers a ten-to-one advantage on desktop computers; using extra video cards it enables up to ten users to work simultaneously off of one computer box.  In a recent survey, DiscoverStation customers reported an average savings of fifty percent on total cost of ownership  against alternative computing solutions.

Tim Griffin, President of Userful, states, "Every day, library IT staff struggle to respond to the problems associated with providing public computers.  Managing, maintaining, updating and policing the routine use of public computers, on a tight budget, is a constant concern.  DiscoverStation is designed to address these problems."  Requiring just a single install CD, pre-configured for public use, librarians are able to control settings for their entire network, directly through their web-browser, with Network Personalizer.

Designed on the Linux platform, DiscoverStation is virtually virus-immune, tamper-proof, and is more secure, stable, with higher performance than traditional Thin Clients and PC networks.  The locked-down environment of DiscoverStation blocks unwanted content access, downloads, and system changes.  It automatically clears personal information and modifications between users to ensure that libraries are offering complete privacy to their patrons.

About Userful

For the past three years, Userful has been transforming the world of desktop computing with their unique 1-Box multi-desktop software.  Userful's innovation of turning one computer into ten has earned them the status of technology leaders in the field of desktop computing.  With this compelling ten-to-one advantage, Userful has gained a strong presence in the public computing market; its mission is to become the dominant platform for affordable desktop computing worldwide.

Userful's customers include libraries, academic institutions, Internet cafes and commercial businesses across North America, and is sold globally through a network of resellers.

About DiscoverStation 3.2

The most recently released version, DiscoverStation 3.2, includes such features as: Internet filtering blocks, patron authentication, print control, 'Pre-Book' PC reservation, full Office Suite software, firewall and virus protection, and multi-lingual support in over thirty languages.

For more information about Userful, 1-Box and DiscoverStation, visit Userful's online newsroom at press/