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Desktop-sharing solution TeamViewer now available for Linux

The multi-platform remote access control solution called TeamViewer is now available for Linux. You can download the beta version for free.

Several weeks ago, TechRepublic blogger Michael Kassner featured this remote access application in an interview with Constantin Falcoianu of TeamViewer GmbH. TeamViewer allows desktop-sharing, remote access control, VPN connectivity, and even the option of audio/video conferencing. At the time Michael profiled the product, it was available for Windows and Mac systems and had just been ported to the iPhone.

Yesterday, TeamViewer announced that it is now available on the Linux platform:

The all-in-one TeamViewer for Linux solution offers three connection options. The remote support mode allows IT professionals to take over a distant computer for troubleshooting, problem solving and teamwork. Perfect for sales service, training or webinars, TeamViewer also offers a presentation mode. File transfer, the third connection option, enables the fast and straightforward transfer of information from one computer to the other, regardless of where the two computers are located.

You can download TeamViewer now to try it out. It's free for non-commercial users, and while still in beta, reviewer Lee Mathews at downloadsquad.com says it seems very usable and stable so far. There are builds for :

  • Red Hat, Fedora, Suse, Mandriva (32/64-Bit)
  • Debian, Ubuntu (32-Bit)
  • Debian, Ubuntu (64-Bit)
  • and .tar.gz download

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7 comments
logistikdesign
logistikdesign

It's way better than VNC but it's not open source.

makefast
makefast

This is very exciting: as a trainer, I find desktop sharing invaluable. I am trying to get my people to look at Linux in our classrooms, and this is possibly another persuasive factor!

arch_eldeeb
arch_eldeeb

Given the ease of use, rich features, robustness and clean interface of the program amazes me they are giving it away for free for non-commercial use, even the paid for versions are not that expensive. I will definitely recommend this software to my employer and anyone else who seeks advice. Keep it up! NOTE: bith the .deb and .tar.gz file didn't work with backtrack4 "Ubuntu 8.10 based" :) but still, thank you for thinking of us...will contact them regarding these issues.

caridley
caridley

Great! I have long used Team Viewer for my Windows customers and have been frustrated by the lack of one simple multi-platform package to use. Viva le TeamViewer!

jlwallen
jlwallen

we use logmein at work, but I honestly think this might be a better solution. and bravo to teamviewer for including a linux version!

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