Friday, February 12, 2010

FCC's Genachowski Promises He's Not Out to Regulate Net, New Media

We learned from The Wall Street Journal yesterday that "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski gets a little peeved when people suggests that he wants to regulate the Internet." He told a group of Journalreporters and editors today that: "I don't see any circumstances where we'd take steps to regulate the Internet itself," and "I've been clear repeatedly that we're not going to regulate the Internet."We're thankful to hear Chairman Julius Genachowski to make that promise. We'll certainly hold him to it. But you will pardon us if we remain skeptical (and, in advance, if you hear a constant stream of "I told you so" from us in the months and years to come)...

http://blog.pff.org/archives/2010/02/fccs_genachowski_promises_hes_not_out_to_regulate.html


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Microsoft's MultiPoint Threat -- Multiseat Linux Desktop Virtualization

Userful Corporation, the world leader in multiseat Linux, today announced the release of Userful Multiplier V.3.7, the latest version of their software which turns 1 PC into 10. Demand for its $69 virtual desktops (education pricing, includes the software and multiseat hardware) has accelerated as budget-strapped governments, educational organizations, and businesses turn to Userful to lower costs. The improvements brought with V.3.7 will bring the benefits of Userful's
desktop virtualization to even more users around the world.

Userful is one of the pioneers of multiseat virtual desktops having first launched their Userful Multiplier software in 2002. Userful's innovative Linux desktop virtualization paved the way for multiseat Windows solutions such as NComputing, and now Microsoft with their soon to be released Windows Multipoint Server 2010. Used in over 100 countries, Userful remains the top selling Linux multiseat solution worldwide, and has enjoyed particular success in the education
sector.

"By using Userful Multiplier in their K-12 classrooms, our customers have reported saving over 50% on their desktop hardware costs, an average of 62% on electricity costs, and additional savings on costly Internet drops, switches, network wiring and other infrastructure and
support costs." Said Sean Rousseau, Marketing Manager for Userful. "The multiseat Linux desktops allow our customers to stretch their limited IT budget and use those savings to provide better computer access for all students in their region."

Userful Multiplier lets a single PC support up to 10 independent users at the same time, each with their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Configuration is automated, and it provides phenomenal multimedia performance including full-screen/full-motion video. Userful provides better performance than thinclients or netbooks, and at a fraction of the costs.

Unlike Microsoft Windows based multiseat virtual desktop solutions which require the purchase of the server operating system, as well as the purchase of client access licenses (CALs) and application software licenses for every seat, Userful is Linux based, so the operating system, and all the application software is Free. This provides significant cost savings, while still providing all the features of a Windows environment through open source software such as the Firefox web browser, the OpenOffice office suite, and even education specific software such as the iTALC school computer management software for teachers. Linux is no longer just for IT professionals, as evidenced by the education ministries particularly in Europe and South America currently deploying large numbers of Linux desktops in K-12 schools. But Linux is still free.

New to version V.3.7, the Userful Multiplier user interface now includes additional internationalizations. Expanding the multilingual support makes it possible for even more countries to take advantage of the cost savings of Userful, and will make it possible for countries
with multiple official languages to provide computer access in all official languages using a single solution. In addition, V.3.7 brings improved USB device support, including hot-plugging of 2-way audio devices. This makes interactive remote teaching and learning easy for
rural and specialized classrooms. Userful Multiplier V.3.7 supports all major Linux distributions including Ubuntu 9.10, SLED 11, and Fedora 11. It is available in 64-bit and 32-bit packages in both RPM and DEB formats, making it compatible with virtually all open source software.

"Userful Multiplier truly redefines the cost of educational computing." Said Beverley Gallagher, VP of Strategic Partnership at Userful. "The upfront and ongoing cost savings of Userful have made it possible for tens of thousands of K-12 schools in both developed and developing regions to provide computer access to millions of children, many for the first time. The new features of version 3.7 will make it possible to provide computer access to even more children around the world."

A free 2-user version of Userful Multiplier V.3.7 that turns 1 computer into 2 for personal or trial use is available from:

http://userful.com/products/downloads/free-2-user

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