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Press Release Category Computers - Linux & Open Source - Userful Release Date: February 18, 2009

World's Largest Desktop Virtualization Deployment - 356,800 Green PC Workstations

By Userful
February 18, 2009
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Userful and ThinNetworks are supplying 350,000+ virtualized-desktops to Brazilian schoolchildren. Creating 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. This low-cost and green solution provides governments and institutions worldwide with a proven model for country-wide computer rollouts.

PR9.NET February 18, 2009 - Calgary, Canada, and Brasilia, Brazil – 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 adolescents 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-virtualizaiton 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 desktop-virtualization."

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About Userful
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 website.

Press Contacts:

Sean Rousseau, Marketing Manager
Userful Corporation
Phone: +1.250.590.7791
Toll free: +1.866.873.9008

Christiano Borja
Phone: + 55 (61) 3037-5111 114

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About ThinNetworks

Founded in 1986, ThinNetworks initial mandate was to satisfy the need for high quality IT (Information Technology) consultancy. In 1999 ThinNetworks began providing Multi-terminal (virtual desktop) solutions supporting both Linux and Windows for low-cost computer environments. With more than 400,000 multi-terminal stations installed, an expected install base of 800,000 by 2010, and 23 years of experience, ThinNetworks is the absolute leader in multi-terminal solutions in Brazil. Answering the demand for cost reduction and green IT, today ThinNetworks develops, manufactures, and distributes: thin clients, network interfaces, terminal servers and operating systems for all types of markets.

About Userful

Userful Corporation is the world's leading Linux Desktop Virtualization company with millions of users in over 100 countries. The company's software which turns 1 computer into 10 lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both electricity consumption and e-waste. Userful's software is sold through a partner network of resellers and OEMs worldwide. Privately held and founded in 1999, Userful launched their flagship product in 2002, and has since sold over 750,000 seats. To learn more about Userful, visit:

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