Userful Multiplatform 7.0: Release Notes

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(Updated 2015.09.25)


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Contents

Introduction

Userful MultiPlatform is a complete operating system, based on CentOS (see www.centos.org for details) that includes Userful MultiSeat software and a number of tools and specializations to support MultiSeat.

Userful MultiSeat™ is software that extends Linux to support several fully independent and concurrent workstations using a single computer box. This is accomplished by adding video devices (either video cards, USB zero client devices or network zero client devices), keyboards and mice to a single PC system and installing Userful's software.

Release Date: February 12, 2014

Component Package Versions

  • Userful MultiSeat: 7.0-8105.0.717cb30.x86_64
  • EST Driver: 0.9.3-1dkms.userful2.x86_64
  • SMSC Driver: 1.3.6-13_g43320a6.el6.x86_64
  • DisplayLink Driver: 1.4.1-0_g715cfbc.el6.x86_64
  • Bundled with CentOS 6.4 (with Xorg 1.13.0-11.1.el6 and kernel version 2.6.32-431.el6.userful3.x86_64)

Features

Userful MultiSeat provides:

  • Multiseat capability based on video cards, USB zero client devices or network zero client devices.
  • Improved system and station management user interfaces.
  • Enhanced system stability.


Userful MultiPlatform provides:

  • A stable, versatile base operating sytem (CentOS).
  • Full multimedia support
  • Install DVD (64bit OS), Browser, office suite, productivity tools, and one-click easy install of thousands of free software applications for a range of business, educational and other uses.
  • Local Desktops: Win7, WinXP, Win8, Linux, Cloud (Chrome browser desktop)
  • Session Launcher
  • A unified browser-accessible control center is provided that provides full administration capabilities including:
    • Station Mapping
    • Assign / release network stations
    • Enable / Disable / rename stations
    • Set monitor resolution and color depth (individual & system wide)
    • Integrated help & support
    • Install extra packages
    • Shared Files Storage
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure support, with simple and intuitive management of virtual machines (including VM import)


License Agreement

This product includes commercial software that is licensed, not sold, and is governed by an End User License Agreement (EULA). By installing, copying or using this software you acknowledge that you have read and understand this Agreement, and agree to be bound by this EULA's terms and conditions. You can review the terms of this EULA either by visiting the online copy of the EULA or by consulting the Userful-EULA.txt file included with your download.

Trial Version

Userful MultiSeat will operate as a trial version until you purchase an appropriate license for your Userful system. You may purchase a multi-station license from your Userful representative or from Userful.com – see the Licensing Guide for details.

Limitations of Trial Version: The Userful MultiSeat trial software supports is fully functional, but will display a brief license reminder on all attached screens every 10 minutes or so.


Language Support

This release has not been fully translated and new features are available only in English.

Remaining features are translated into:

  • English (en)
  • French (fr)
  • Italian (it)
  • German (de)
  • Spanish (es)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Turkish (tr)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Traditional Chinese (zh_TW)
  • Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)
  • Korean (ko)
The language selected must be specifically "Brazilian Portuguese"; if simply "Portuguese" is selected as a system or session language, then all Userful user interface strings will be in English.

What's New

Revamped Userful Control Center Interface

New version of UCC launched with enhanced and robust functionality. Added following features (click the link for feature guide):

Known Issues for Userful Multiplatform

These are the known issues with Userful Multiplatform 7.0 release.

Userful Multiplatform does not support DPMS

Userful Multiplatform does not support DPMS (Display Power Management Signaling).

PS/2 Input Device on Host System Are Disabled After First Boot Configuration

After installation of Userful Multiplatform, and after completing the first boot configuration, any PS/2 input devices connected directly to the host system (i.e. not connected to a multiseat device) are disabled; a reboot is required to workaround the issue.

The Install DVD Does not Automatically Eject After Completed Installation

When rebooting the system after first installing Userful Multiplatform from the .iso DVD, the DVD should eject automatically, but that is currently not working. The workaround is manually eject the DVD.

Adding a New Network Station Resets Assigned Station Names/Locations

In this release, adding a new network station (i.e., by connecting it to the system) causes the previously saved station names/locations to reset to defaults.

Stationary Mouse Pointer "Disappears" on Host Station

This occurs only on the Host/Onboard station. When the mouse pointer is stationary, it often disappears. It reappears as soon as the mouse is moved.

Disconnecting the Power Supply from USB Multiseat Devices May Cause System Freezes

When the external power to a USB multiseat device is disconnected, the internal USB hub(s) in the device briefly goes offline to switch from external power to bus power supply. The system kernel may freeze as it attempts to register a "new" device on the same path as the "old" device (which has not yet been removed from the USB tree).

To avoid this situation, if it is necessary to remove the external power supply to a USB multiseat device, disconnect the USB cable first.

Temporary Screen Corruption After Changing Resolutions

When screen resolution is changed for a logged-in station running on an SMSC-based multiseat device, the screen is often corrupted. The workaround is to either 1) Log out of the session, or use Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to end the session and return to the login screen, or 2) only change screen resolutions for stations with no active sessions (i.e. those at the log in screen).

Command Line Restart/Poweroff/Eject/Halt Allowed by Non-Root Users

By default in the CentOS operating system, any user logged into a terminal can execute the reboot, poweroff, eject and halt commands. There may be additional system management commands executable by non-root users, as well.

USB 3 Ports Unsupported for Use with USB-connected Multiseat Devices and CentOS

Currently available USB-connected multiseat devices do not work properly when plugged into USB 3 ports on a system using the CentOS operating system. This may be due to upstream issues with USB 3 and CentOS in general; for example, please see this CentOS bug report.

After Initial System Setup ('firstboot'), the Numlock Key Appears Enabled But Is Not

When Userful Multiplatform is installed, the system is rebooted and then further configuration and setup is needed before the system can be used; this process is called 'firstboot'. After firstboot configuration, when the system comes up, the Numlock key appears to be enabled (that is, the keyboard LED is lit) but Numlock is actually off. The workaround is to toggle the Numlock key until the keyboard LED indicates the correct state of the Numlock key.

Setting larger resolution in Windows VM displays part of windows session

When screen resolution for a VM station is changed from 1024*768 to 1280*968 , the station will display only part of the Windows Desktop.The workaround is to restart VM by pressing 'Ctrl+Alt+Backspace'.

System Performance is Enhanced by Availability of DNS Services

While it is possible to run a UEL system without DNS services (e.g., without a connection to the internet), testing has shown that several system processes are slower in the absence of DNS. Userful software engineers are investigating solutions to allow optimal performance in non-internet connected UEL deployments.

Network disruptions on VM may lead to unstable OnBoard and VM station

Any kind of network disruptions can make onBoard and VM station unstable (probably frozen).The workaround would be to check the network cables , reboot the system.

Black Box Around Cursor on Onboard/Video Card Station During Video Playback Using Xv Video Output

This issue occurs on the onboard station and any PCI or PCI-e stations only. When video is being played, and the video player is using the Xv video output mode, a black square can be seen around the cursor when the cursor is moving. This is a cosmetic issue only, and seems to be restricted to systems where the onboard graphics is nVIDIA. To workaround this issue, either avoid moving the mouse cursor over a video playback window, or switch to X11 video output.

Disrupted display due to driver issues

Sometimes due to driver issue, the display is disrupted.Pressing Ctrl+Alt+BS would fix .

Network Proxy Configure pop-up will appear occasionally

Rarely, the Network Proxy Configure pop up will appear during a session. It is safe to dismiss the window.

Commercial DVD playback not supported

Commercial DVDs playback is not supported.The workaround is to install vlc and libdvdcss packages and then play the DVD.

UCC cannot open with Firefox in an offline mode

This occurs only on Firefox web browser. The workaround is to clear the browser cache and open UCC.

OnBoard Station mapped to VM do not support USB pass-through and audio capabilities

This occurs only on the Host/Onboard station mapped to VM and will be fixed in future release.

USB Storage Devices with Multiple Partitions Not Supported for use with VM Stations

USB storage devices with multiple partitions do not work properly when plugged into VM station, displays only one partition.

VESA fallback supports only the 1024x768 resolution

Currently, VESA driver supports only the 1024x768 resolution in fallback mode. Changing resolution would result in video corruption.

Unlocking of multiple stations simultaneously throws an error

It is possible to unlock/release stations by selecting Release All option under UCC > Network Stations. An error message pops up on screen; this error does not impair the functionality and can be closed and ignored.

Stations mapped to Media Player profile with Inside scaling results in distorted video

This happens only with DisplayLink stations mapped to media player profile (inside scaling). This will be corrected in future release.

Firstboot requires Manual Reboot on Haswell Systems

After completing firstboot configuration, Haswell System hangs during preparation for the reboot. It is necessary to manually power cycle the system to recover.

Stations mapped to Media player profile may freeze while playing videos

Due to EST driver, stations mapped to Media player profile playing youtube videos may freeze. There is no workaround at this time and would be fixed with future release.

Some links to Documentation in Userful Control Center displays blank page

Please refer to the documentation distributed with this release for detail information.



These are the known issues with the latest version of Userful Multiplatform. (To view known issues for a specific release, please refer to the Release Notes accessible from the main Userful Multiplatform index page).