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Linux-Based Software Turns One Computer into Ten


CALGARY, AB (February 8, 2005) -  Userful, an innovative desktop Linux company, introduces 1-Box Desktop Multiplier, a Linux-based software solution that turns one computer into ten.  Userful's 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software creates a ten-to-one advantage over traditional desktop deployments by using extra video cards to quickly turn a single ordinary PC into a network of up to ten workstations.  After three years of selling the 1-Box software as a turnkey solution, Userful is releasing 1-Box Desktop Multiplier as a stand-alone product for global distribution, and is looking to expand their network of partners and resellers internationally.

"The portability and speed of deploying 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software is outstanding.  We've literally been able to unpack, set-up, and test an eight-user network in less than twenty-five minutes," said David Cooper, President of ITSportsNet.  "The 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software gives us a dramatic edge over our competitors who are still struggling using traditional PCs or thin clients."

With 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software, up to ten users can work off of a single computer box.  Each user requires only a standard monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse.  Users can simultaneously browse the Internet, send email, and independently run any installed software they desire.  By reducing hardware, software, and maintenance costs, Userful's 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software reduces the total cost of ownership by as much as seventy per cent.

Tim Griffin, President of Userful, states, "Our 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software leverages Linux's significant advantages of security, reliability, virus-immunity, affordability and extensibility.  Our software  combines the best of both PCs and Thin-Clients, allowing for both high performance and low maintenance.  1-Box Desktop Multiplier software easily integrates with all major Linux distributions, creating a powerful and compelling enhancement for anyone deploying Linux on the desktop."

In addition to making desktop computing drastically more affordable, 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software has substantial environmental benefits. The ninety per cent reduction in hardware greatly reduces an organization's power, air conditioning and computer disposal costs.

1-Box Desktop Multiplier offers support for most Linux distributions, including Novell, Mandrake, Fedora Core and Red Hat.


About Userful

For the past three years, Userful has been transforming the world of desktop computing with their unique 1-Box Desktop Multiplier software. Userful's innovation of turning one computer into ten has earned them the status of technology leaders in desktop computing, and has recently been named one of Alberta's fastest growing companies.  With this ten-to-one advantage, Userful has gained a strong presence in the public computing market; with the mission to become the dominant platform for affordable desktop computing worldwide.

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