Userful and ThinNetworks Announce the World's Largest Desktop Virtualization Deployment - 356,800 Green Workstations

    CALGARY, Canada, and BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -- Userful and
ThinNetworks today announced that they have been selected to supply 356,800
virtualized-desktops to schools in all of Brazil's 5,560 municipalities.

    This initiative will provide computer access to millions of children and
youth throughout the country. It is a historical achievement, being: the
world's largest ever virtual-desktop deployment; the world's largest ever
desktop-Linux deployment, and a new record low-cost for PCs with the PC
sharing hardware and software costing less than $50 per seat. The decision to
deploy Userful and ThinNetworks' low-cost and environmentally friendly
solution establishes the Brazilian Ministry of Education as a global leader in
computer education and provides other governments and institutions worldwide
with a proven model for improving student to computer ratios with minimal cost
and environmental impact.

    Userful Multiplier is the simplest, and highest performance approach to
desktop virtualization on the market. In combination with hardware from
ThinNetworks it is also the lowest-cost. It offers the features of a full PC
including high-performance video and uses standard PC hardware. Userful and
ThinNetworks are providing the desktop-virtualization and PC sharing software
and hardware while Positivo, Daruma, and Itaultec are providing the PCs and
services. "Userful is very happy to have been selected to participate in this
historic opportunity to help millions of children get the computer education
they need in a sustainable way," said Tim Griffin, President of Userful. "At
just $50 per additional seat for the PC sharing hardware and software, Userful
Multiplier is the best solution for schools, businesses, and governments
wanting to maximize their IT investment. This record setting deployment
solidifies Userful's position as the world leader in high-performance low-cost

    Full press-release:

    Userful is the industry leader in desktop-virtualization and
multi-station Linux computing. Userful's powerful software transforms standard
PCs to support up to 10 simultaneous monitors, keyboards and users, as well as
enabling fleets of desktop PCs to be managed all at once through a central

    ThinNetworks specializes in solutions which reduce the costs of desktop
computing while meeting the needs of the user. In just under 10 years
ThinNetworks has installed more than 400,000 multi-terminal stations in


For further information:

For further information: Sean Rousseau, Marketing Manager of Userful,
+1-250-590-7791, (Toll free) +1-866-873-9008,; or
Christiano Borja of ThinNetworks, +55(61)3037-5111 114, Web Site:

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