Just a couple days ago VMware announced the availability of its free VMware View Open Client, which organizations can use with their VMware View virtualization software (commercial) to enable a Linux desktop or thin client to connect to a remote Windows desktop. According to Linuxdevices.com:
The free client boasts a "full" command line interface, and is said to support secure tunneling using SSL, and two-factor authentication with RSA SecurID. The release is said to work with VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) 2.0 and 2.1, as well as VMware View Manager 3.0. Posted on Google Code, the client software is licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1).
Poised to head off competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V technology, View Open Client promises to help cut deployment costs for virtualized desktops. You can download the View Open Client binary packages, which have been posted on Google Code, along with more details on support, licensing, and compatibility.
Are you using any VMware virtualization software in your organization currently? Is it likely that you will deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure any time soon?
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