Software Uses Video Cards to Turn One Linux Desktop into Ten

CALGARY, AB (January 5, 2005) - Userful, a desktop Linux company, has released 1-Box software, which quickly turns a single ordinary PC into a network of up to ten workstations. Userful's 1-Box software creates a ten-to-one advantage over traditional desktop deployments. After three years of selling the 1-Box software as a turnkey solution, Userful is releasing 1-Box as a stand-alone product for global distribution.

"The portability and speed of deploying 1-Box 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 software gives us a dramatic edge over our competitors who are still struggling using traditional PCs or thin clients."

With 1-Box 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 software reduces the total cost of ownership by as much as seventy per cent.

Tim Griffin, President of Userful, states, "Our 1-Box software leverages Linux's significant advantages of security, reliability, virus-immunity, affordability, and extensibility. 1-Box 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 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 offers support for most Linux distributions, including Novell, Mandrake, Fedora Core and Red Hat and will soon be announcing support for Sun Java Desktop.

About Userful

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

Userful is a registered trademark in Canada. 1-Box and Pre-Book are trademarks in Canada, the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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