VMware releases open source VDI client

VMware announced this morning that they've created an open source version of the VMware View client software called the VMware View Open Client. This new client will be compatible not only with VMware View, but also VMware VDM 2.

VMware announced this morning that they've created an open source version of the VMware View client software called the VMware View Open Client.  This new client will be compatible not only with VMware View, but also VMware VDM 2.0 and 2.1.

This client will be available to anyone, though it's intended for partners who previously had to use VMware's XML APIs to interface with VMware View.  The new client will allow partners to create a native VMware View Client for non-x86 platforms as well as machines that are not running a flavor of Windows or Linux. 

By "Partners," VMware (for the most part) means "terminal manufacturers" that want to bundle in a View client, but have products that don't run the traditional versions of Windows or Linux and/or on traditional hardware.  VMware was cautious to note, however, that terminal makers should still certify their products through the VMware Ready Certification program since, in theory, anyone can now make a View client software package.  If the terminal or software package is not certified, there will be no support from VMware.

Technical Details

Some features of the View Open Client include:

  • Ability to create a secure tunnel using SSL
  • Support for two-factor authentication with RSA SecurID
  • Novell SLETC Add-on RPM package
  • Full command line interface

The following features are NOT included in this release:

  • USB redirection
  • Multiple desktop sessions
  • Multimedia redirection

The system requirements for the VMware View Open Client pre-compiled binaries are:

  • i586 compatible processor
  • 2MB of secondary storage
  • 128MB RAM

VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1) and is accessible from http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/.

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Does anyone know how the SecurID integration is done? Is it using radius? I'm curious if other two-factor solutions are possible.


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Does this now mean that you can run Linux Desktops on old PC equipment instead of on Terminals?


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The VMware View Connection Server is responsible for passing the RSA data to the RSA infrastructure.


All the View client does is pass this information to the VMware View Connection Server.


As far as running Linux Desktops on old PC equipment, that was one of the selling points of the Open Client I heard at a recent Dog&Pony on VMware View at vForum in Boston


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