any other multiseat program

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yashwant
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any other multiseat program

Post by yashwant » Mon Feb 28, 2022 5:54 pm

any other multiseat program

pdavis
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Re: any other multiseat program

Post by pdavis » Sat Apr 02, 2022 8:20 am

I believe, based on hours of online research, that ibik's Aster is the front runner in this category by a huge margin. There have been some other similar solutions such as (at the time of this post):
  • Thinsoft's BeTwin - hasn't been updated since Windows 7!
  • MiniFrame's SoftXpand - went out of business some time ago.
  • FriendlySeats - has not been updated since Windows XP!
  • Useful's Simple Desktop Virtualization - This product is no longer listed on their website.

VMware Workstation Pro and Unraid are two other products that pop up. Both are good but I don't feel that they should be directly compared to Aster because:
  • Separate versions of Windows must be licensed and installed
  • CPU, memory, and hard drive resources must be allocated rather than just shared
  • Not stand alone applications
  • Much more complex
  • Much harder to install, setup, and maintain
  • Don't dynamically share resources
  • Run desktops in isolation
  • Primary goal of these solutions is not multiseat
In some instances the above may be viewed as a positive, but if you are looking for something simple and straight forward then some of the above may be negatives.

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