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Userful And Ubuntu Make Desktop Linux Cost Effective

September 20, 2006 -- Userful Corporation announces the wide-spread availability of its multi-station Linux software that enables Ubuntu users worldwide to easily add multiple workstations to their existing computers. Userful is pleased to partner with Ubuntu as an ISV to add robust, user-friendly multi-station functionality in the hopes that even more people will benefit from access to modern computer desktops.

"Our virtualized X-server enables a single Ubuntu PC equipped with extra video cards to support up to 10 monitors, USB keyboards, and users simultaneously," says Tim Griffin, President of Userful. "Ubuntu with Userful's 'Multiplier' offers dramatic hardware and software savings, literally offering organizations ten Linux workstations for what they would otherwise spend on just a single Windows computer with commercial office and graphics software."

Userful's Multiplier software is ideally suited for organizations that wish to deploy large numbers of workstations for users without deploying a large number of computers. By sharing the processing power and resources of modern, often overpowered PCs with up to nine additional users, Userful and Ubuntu can reduce IT management, electrical and cooling costs by more than fifty percent per workstation.

"By making Userful's Multiplier available on Ubuntu, we are adding significantly to the potential savings to be made by our customers," commented Malcolm Yates, ISV and Partner Manager at Canonical. "This unique solution is suitable for schools, small businesses and developing markets, where computing resources tend to be scarce."

Ubuntu 6.06 users who wish to try Userful's Multiplier should enable the multiverse option for 'dapper-updates' and install the 14 MB 'desktop-multiplier' package.

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 10th fastest growing company under $20 million in revenue. Userful is a privately held company.

About Ubuntu

Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with millions distributed and in use around the world. Ubuntu will always be free, and will not have restrictive licenses associated with it. With these goals in mind at all times, Ubuntu aims at being the most widely used of all Linux systems, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. Read more about Ubuntu at http://www.ubuntu.com. The latest version can be downloaded at http://www.ubuntu.com/download

About Canonical Ltd.

Canonical Ltd. is committed to the development, distribution and promotion of open source software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community. With a global organization headquartered in Europe, Canonical has employees throughout Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australia.