PC reservation software goes open source

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Canadian software company Userful has announced the open-source release of its PreBook PC reservation and usage management system.

PreBook allows LAN PCs, including libraries, Internet cafes, and university departments to manage and track usage on both Windows and Linux clients, controlling time and usage on the computers.

Customers can use PreBook to manage computers through a single Web-based interface.

Userful's President, Tim Griffin, said PreBook is an ideal computer time management solution for public computers in libraries, schools, and Internet cafes.

"Customers enjoy significant time and cost savings from PC time management, as well as advanced reservation features, and convenient, intuitive user interfaces," Griffin said. "Competitors typically charge thousands of dollars for the kind of sophisticated features offered by PreBook in a free, open source download."

PreBook is now available for download as a Linux-based install CD for both the operating system and reservation software aimed at streamlining the setup process.

Client software for both Linux and Windows is also available.

Userful's open source community manager, Corey Burger, said the company is also excited at the opportunity to build a community around PreBook.

"The community will not only be able to further extend PreBook for their own needs, but also help anyone, technical or not, to take advantage of PreBook," Burger said.

Userful's PreBook software is online at http://userful.com/products/pre-book.

This story, "PC reservation software goes open source" was originally published by Computerworld.

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