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26 November 2009, 13:00

Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop 2.0 released

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Zoom The new OVD portal mode.
Gaël Duval, Mandrake Linux and Ulteo founder, has announced the availability of version 2.0 of the Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD). Ulteo is based on Debian and Ubuntu and allows users to run Linux and Microsoft windows applications from "any device" through a web browser. According to Ulteo, clients only need a Java enabled web browser to run the applications.

The latest open source Virtual Desktop infrastructure project release includes a number of new features, such as a new web portal mode. With it, launched applications will start in a dedicated browser window. Additionally, the web portal allows for application sharing and includes an embedded MP3 & FLV video player, so users can play multimedia files located in their home directory. Other notable features include authentication support for LDAP and CAS servers, support for Windows, WebDAV or Linux (Samba) file servers and compatibility with Amazon's EC2 virtualisation infrastructure.

The "base" set of Linux applications provided include the office suite, Mozilla's Firefox web browser, the Thunderbird email client and the Pidgin instant messaging (IM) client. Additional Linux applications can be installed by system administrators.

More details about the release, including several screenshots and system recommendations, can be found on the features page and in the Ulteo OVD product sheetPDF. Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop 2.0 is available to download. Ulteo source code is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and is available at

Ulteo provides subscription plans for enterprise users that offer support, fast access to updates and patches and legal indemnity.

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