Thanks for your tremendously positive response on our tech preview. Citrix is excited to release Linux Virtual Desktop 1.0 with XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Feature pack 2, Enterprise and Platinum editions.

Today more than ever, there is a need for secure, mobile, and high-performance delivery of Linux apps and desktops. Customers consider Citrix as a natural choice for supporting virtualization of Linux apps and desktops in their IT strategy either as a natural extension of their XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure to include Linux, or as a first step towards virtualization. Linux Virtual Desktop in XenApp and XenDesktop offers secure, global access to employees using a wide variety of mobile and desktop devices, while maintaining centralized control of business-critical intellectual property.

This release supports ‘Hosted Shared Linux Desktops’ which deliver the best ROI of your backend infrastructure with Citrix’s best in class user experience. This release is ideal for your Linux 2D applications ranging from mission critical research and development environments for chip-design, high performance computing projects, financial and scientific modeling, big data analysis and engineering tools. Citrix customers have also expressed a desire to use it for specialised applications built exclusively for Linux particularly in oil and gas, manufacturing, digital media and entertainment industries.

The first supported Linux distributions we selected were based on your feedback in our surveys, and are 64-bit ‘Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6’ (RHEL) Workstation and Server edition and ‘SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server 11 Service Pack 3’ (SLED/SLES) .

As annouced at Synergy, we have further enhanced our proven Thinwire graphics mode with more scalable and bandwidth efficient technology than ever before. This new enhanced graphics mode ‘Thinwire Plus’  is default on Linux virtual desktop giving you the best graphics experience with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

You can now add Linux Virtual Desktop in your XenApp andXenDesktop environment containing existing components such as StoreFront, Controller, Studio, and Director and access it from any device with Citrix Receiver. Once the Linux machine has been joined to the domain using standard Active Directory (AD) binding tools like Winbind and Quest you just need to install the RPM package and setup the Desktop Catalog and Desktop Groups as you would with a pure Windows environment.

Linux Virtual Desktop works with all the supported Hypervisors for XenDesktop—XenServer, Hyper-V, or vSphere. In fact Citrix has recently released XenServer 6.5 SP1, which adds support for RHEL and SLES templates for Linux.

You can now use the applications like Libreoffice, Firefox, Eclipse, OpenOffice, Gimp and internally developed Linux applications inside the Linux Virtual Desktop along side the Microsoft Windows applications delivered using Receiver for Linux inside the virtual desktop. As an example I’ve attached an image of me connecting to my Linux Virtual Desktop from Receiver on Mac 12.0 and then using Windows Apps inside my Linux virtual desktop using Receiver for Linux 13.2, it is really getting the best of all platforms!

Virtualize your Linux workload with XenApp and XenDesktop and let us know how it works for you!