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Run your Linux apps on Windows without virtualization

The Ulteo Virtual Desktop is a free download that claims to give users the ability to switch between their Windows and Linux applications with ease.

Someone on Digg pointed to this announcement from Ulteo: "With Ulteo Virtual Desktop, you just have to run the application you need to use from the Ulteo panel and its window will show up like any other Windows application. Ulteo Virtual Desktop is free."

Ulteo Virtual Desktop does not actually require virtualization software; it is a special Linux kernel patch called coLinux that you download and install. If you're someone who needs to switch easily and quickly between Windows and Linux apps, it sounds promising. I might give this one a whirl myself. Here is the list of supported applications from the Ulteo site:

  • Firefox web browser enabled with Flash and Java
  • The full OpenOffice.org office suite that can deal with your MS Office documents
  • KPdf to deal with your PDF documents
  • Kopete: the multi-Instant Messaging software that supports MSN and other protocols
  • Skype
  • Thunderbird + Enigmail (so you can encrypt your emails!)
  • Gimp and Digikam to manage your pictures
  • Inkscape and Scribus to create great graphics and newspapers
  • and... many others!

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