Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Virtualisation giveaway for Earth Day

Userful Corporation, which describes itself as "the worldwide leader in high-performance, low-cost desktop virtualisation", has announced a PC giveaway in celebration of the 39th anniversary of Earth Day, which is next Wednesday - April 22nd.

Userful is giving away a free version of its software that gives you a 'free' second computer - the normal version can turn one computer into up to ten. The free licenses enable users with an extra video card (or a dual-head video card) to add an extra workstation by plugging in a spare monitor, USB keyboard and mouse.

The idea is to get 100,000 people to download the software and share their computer before Earth Day. You can get the software here.

The company claims that in 2008 its software saved over 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions and is on track to save over 200,000 tons of CO2 in 2009, the equivalent of taking more than 35,000 cars off the road, or planting 50,000 acres of trees.

It sounds a nice gesture, but I'm not convinced that the take up won't just be people who want to get more from their existing machines, with the net result that they add an extra monitor and keyboard which use more power.
It's only a saving if they would have bought a new PC.


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