Userful MultiSeat™ ChangeLog

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(Updated 2012.06.02)


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Introduction

This document lists changes made to Userful MultiSeat™, Userful's next generation software for turning 1 PC into 10. Most recent changes are at the top.

For changelog information for our all-in-one bundled solution, see the Userful MultiSeat Linux™ ChangeLog.

2012

Userful MultiSeat 5.0.1

Userful MultiSeat 5.0.1 is the maintenance release that supports a few additional hardware. It also offered in our all-in-one bundled DVD solution: Userful MultiSeat Linux 5.0.1™


Changes Since 5.0 Release

The major changhes in this release are:

  • Support VMA25 by using:
    • new EST driver 0.7.9;
    • new SMSC driver 1.0.6-b
  • Support single webcam connected to the onboard station in multiseat environment.

Userful MultiSeat 5.0-4828

Userful MultiSeat 5.0-4828 is the new official, stable release of our Userful MultiSeat™ software. This latest version builds on our years of experience with Linux based multiseat technology. Userful MultiSeat 5.0 is also offered as a downloadable all-in-one bundled install DVD solution Userful MultiSeat Linux 5.0™ which is the recommended approach for most users.


Highlights

Userful MultiSeat™ Version 5.0 features:

  • A Linux-based multiseat solution on Ubuntu 10.04 supports USB multiseat devices, video cards, as well as ethernet zero-client devices.
  • Auto device assignment for both USB and Network stations, which make the system setup much easier and quicker.
  • Added useful configuration options for network stations on both CLI and GUI interface.
  • Increased the multiseat solution capacity to support up to 20+1 stations (ethernet conection) without requiring the custom kernel.
  • Supports more ethernet zero-client devices.


Changes Since Beta Release

There have been a number of major improvements in Userful MultiSeat 5.0 since its Beta Release. Here are some of the key changes:


Stability improvements:

  • The network stations are more stable when:
    • apply configuration changes to all network stations;
    • assign/release all network stations;
    • unplug/replug or turn off/on network stations;
    • hotplug USB peripheral
  • Numerous bug fixes have been implemented.


Performance improvements:

  • System bootup is much faster especially when running 20+ stations.


Usability improvements:

  • More user-friend messages/information have been introduced in Userful Control Center;
  • Fixed bugs in monitor resolution and color depth setting menu;
  • Be able to retrieve license keys in networks that require a proxy;
  • Be able to upgrade free-2-user license without bothering admins.

Userful MultiSeat 5.0 Beta

Userful MultiSeat 5.0 Beta is a major release that includes some new features and many bug fixes.


Highlights

Userful MultiSeat™ Version 5.0 New Features

  • A Linux-based multiseat solution on Ubuntu 10.04 supports not only USB multiseat devices and video cards, but also ethernet zero-client devices.
  • Auto device assignment for both USB and Network stations, which make the system setup much easier and quicker.
  • Added useful configuration options for network stations on both CLI and GUI interface.
  • Increased the multiseat solution capacity to support 20+ stations without requiring the custom kernel.

Stability Improvements

  • The performance on the multiseat devices with SMSC chip has improved.
  • Prevent from setting different color depth for stations using the same video card.
  • Set alsa audio input properly.
  • The system tray function is more robust to handle USB storage devices (close/unmount), Play DVD option, and hard disk partition display.
  • Added the station name and location information into Press-F-Key screen.
  • Numerous bug fixes have been implemented.

2011

Userful MultiSeat 4.1-4008

Userful MultiSeat 4.1-4008 is the new official, stable release of our Userful MultiSeat™ software. This enhanced version builds on our years of experience with Linux based multiseat technology. Userful MultiSeat 4.1 is also offered as a downloadable all-in-one bundled install DVD solution Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011™ which is the recommended approach for most users.


Highlights

Userful MultiSeat™ Version 4.1 features:

  • A Linux-based multiseat solution for both USB multiseat devices and traditional video cards that can run on Ubuntu 10.04.
  • Supports the HP T200 multiseat device (USB connection only, SMSC driver is required)
  • Preset audio output volume for targeted USB multiseat devices.
  • Introduced a System Tray icon and application to handle USB storage and all optical drives with better visibility and user experience. Features include ability to:
    • Mount/unmount USB flash device
    • Play and open CD/DVD
    • Browse unmounted partitions in internal drive
  • Other demoable features (for evaluation only: not recommended for deployment):
    • Works with other Linux Distros: Eduboss 2.0; Educational Linux 4.0
    • Support other USB multiseat devices with SMSC chipset;
    • Support up to 16 stations by using USB cables;
    • Support ethernet connection on HP T200 (Separate EliteSilicon USBoverIP driver is required).


Changes Since Beta Release

There have been a number of major improvements in Userful MultiSeat 4.1 since its Beta Release. Here are some of the key changes:


Stability improvements:

  • USB multiseat device hotplugging is more stable by using the latest libusb patch. Station can come back properly after hotplugging.
  • User Administration Tool can work properly even UMs is enabled.
  • Supports DVI output mode.
  • Numerous bug fixes have been implemented.


Performance improvements:

  • Loaded driver patch properly to improve the video performance when using Siliconmotion video cards.


Usability improvements:

  • New icons have been used in the Userful System Tray.
  • Removed redundant error messages when change resolutions in Userful Control Center.

Userful MultiSeat 4.1 Beta

Userful MultiSeat 4.1 Beta is a major release that includes some new features and many bug fixes. It also offered in our all-in-one bundle solution: Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011™.


Highlights

Userful MultiSeat™ Version 4.1 New Features

  • A Linux-based multiseat solution on Ubuntu 10.04 supports both USB multiseat devices and video cards.
  • Preset audio output volume for targeted USB multiseat devices.
  • Introduced System Tray to handle USB storage devices with better visibility and user experience.
    • Mount/unmount USB flash device
    • Play and open CD/DVD
    • Browse unmounted partitions in internal drive
  • Other demoable features (for evaluation only, not for real deployment):
    • Work with other Linux Distros: Eduboss 2.0; Educational Linux 4.0
    • Support USB multiseat devices with SMSC chipset;
    • Support up to 16 stations by using USB cables;
    • Support ethernet connection on HP T200.

Stability Improvements

  • Security has improved by eliminating a few security holes.
  • The stability of USB multiseat device hotplugging has improved.
  • Device assignment is more stable when running more than 8 stations.
  • Userful Control Center is more robust and function well in various situations including the condition of no network connection.
  • Audio output from onboard station audio jack directly is now supported.
  • Numerous bug fixes have been implemented.

Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1702

Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1702 is a maintenance release that corrects some minor bugs. It also offered in our all-in-one bundled solution: Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011™.

  • Status: Maintenance Release
  • Released: Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1702 was formally released on July 28, 2011.
  • More Information: See Userful MultiSeat Documentation


Changes Since Last Release

There have been a number of improvements in Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1702 since its Last Release. Here are some of the key changes:


USB MultiSeat Device & PC support:

  • HP T150 (with power adaptor) support has been added;
  • Atrust M200 & M202 (with power adaptor) support has been added;
  • GWC DU2600 (with power adaptor) support has been added (Only up to 9 stations);
  • HP M6005 PC has been certified.


Usability improvements:

  • Several usability issues related to the absence of network connection have been resolved.


Stability improvements:

  • Numbers of bug fixes in DisplayLink driver have been implemented;
  • New MCT driver with improved stability has been integrated.

2010

Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1690

Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1690 is the official, stable release of our next-generation Userful MultiSeat™ software. This re-architected system builds on our years of experience with Userful Multiplier™ technology. Userful MultiSeat 4.0 is also offered in our all-in-one bundled solution: Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011™.

  • Status: Stable Release
  • Released: Userful MultiSeat 4.0-1690 was formally released on December 7, 2010 (Beta version was released November 1, 2010)
  • More Information: See Userful MultiSeat Documentation


Highlights

Userful MultiSeat™ Version 4.0 features:

  • A standard Linux software package that extends the Linux operating system to support up to 11 fully independent and concurrent workstations (depending on hardware) using a single PC.
  • USB-connected station hotplugging, whether the USB-connected station uses DisplayLink or MCT chipsets.
  • Confirmation of USB-to-monitor connection via on-screen messages.
  • Support for software-rendered 3D acceleration.


The incorporated Userful DL-Driver™ features:

  • X.org-based driver for DisplayLink® devices on Linux; does not require kernel changes
  • Support for X.Org X server 1.5 and later
  • 16- and 24-bits ("32-bit") per pixel color depth support
  • Compression support for improved performance
  • Support for multiple devices (up to ten)
  • Basic 2D acceleration
  • Xv extension support with a compression algorithm for increased performance


The bundled MCT device driver features:

  • The best available support for MCT based USB multiseat devices for the Linux platform.


Userful MultiSeat™ Version 4.0 has improved support for a wider array of USB devices:

  • Works with many DisplayLink and MCT based USB multiseat devices. Although thorough testing for this release has been limited to a few specific devices, other devices are known to work. We are also constantly testing more devices for compatibility.
  • Improved USB keyboard and audio device handling to allow more stations to work effectively on one computer. In the past, certain keyboards and audio devices wasted system resources and limited the total number of stations that could be connected to a machine. This limitation is now more intelligently managed to support a wider array of USB devices in a multiseat system.


Changes Since Beta Release

There have been a number of major improvements in Userful MultiSeat 4.0 since its Beta Release. Here are some of the key changes:


Linux distro support:

  • 32-bit Ubuntu 10.04 support has been added.
  • A special, patched GDM package has been created to fix a serious issue with the Ubuntu GDM package for 32-bit systems only.
  • A special, patched Linux kernel has been created to better support systems with ten or more stations.


Usability improvements:

  • All graphical user interface elements have undergone substantial changes for improved aesthetics and usability. The new Userful theme has been consistently applied throughout.
  • Special user interface tweaks have been implemented to better handle a variety of languages.
  • Enhanced iTALC integration with Userful MultiSeat. Now it's effortless to use iTALC and Userful MultiSeat together.


Language support:

  • All graphical user interface elements have been internationalized.
  • Language support has been expanded. All key graphical user interface elements now support these languages:
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Turkish
    • Japanese
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Korean


Stability improvements:

  • USB multiseat device hotplugging is more stable.
  • USB device management has improved.
  • User login management has improved.
  • Support for 11 stations is stable and works well with appropriate hardware.
  • Numerous bug fixes have been implemented.