Earlier this year, Citrix released the first version of Linux Virtual Desktop with support for RHEL and SUSE. Citrix was the first to market with Linux hosted shared virtual desktops, which provides the best ROI compared to any other Linux virtual desktop solution that later hit the market.

Linux PenguinNow Citrix is expanding Linux virtual desktop technology by adding Linux Dedicated VDI Desktops to XenDesktop making it easier to deliver Linux virtual desktops for a variety of use cases. In addition, this version 1.1 release also includes multi-monitor, support for new versions of RHEL, SUSE, Centrify for domain join, KDE window manager, QT based apps and Internationalization for non-English environments.

Dedicated VDI Desktop: In some cases, Linux users like developers need a dedicated virtual desktop with dedicated compute resources, and now XenDesktop can provide these developers with a dedicated VDI Desktop. This feature is available in XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 3 Enterprise and Platinum editions. With XenDesktop, you can select hosted shared or VDI dedicated depending on your use case, through a simple configuration for enabling VDI within the Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA).


However, this 1.1 release is not limited to just XenDesktop. The following enhancement apply to XenDesktop and XenApp hosted shared Linux virtual desktops as well as XenDesktop dedicated VDI desktops: 

Multi-monitor: Linux Virtual Desktop graphics architecture has evolved in this release to support multiple monitors. It supports the maximum resolution of 8192×8192, in which you can accommodate very high-resolution display like 4K or a number of small displays depending on the display layout you want.

Below is the picture from our lab showing 6 displays with Linux Virtual Desktop:


Desktop Environments: Previously, Linux Virtual Desktop 1.0 supported the Gnome desktop environment and applications based on GTK+ libraries.  This release now enables you to use Gnome or KDE desktop environment. Also, QT based applications on Gnome are fully supported.

Citrix has also expanded the supported versions of Linux distributions. Now we support RHEL 6.6 and above, 7.0 and above (server and workstation) and SLED/SLES 11 SP3 and above, 12.0 and above – all 64-bit machines.

Linux Virtual Desktop fits easily in your existing XenApp and XenDesktop infrastructure along with Windows app and desktops. The single-sign-on experience with your AD credentials requires the machine to be joined to the domain using popular domain join products. We have added support for Centrify for domain join along with the existing support for Winbind and Quest, giving more choice for your deployment.

This release also supports Internationalization for your non-English Linux environment, enabling the use of non-English keyboards with Linux Virtual Desktop.

Along with the Linux applications running inside the Linux Virtual Desktop you can now run Windows applications delivered using Receiver for Linux 13.2.1 inside the virtual Linux desktop. Receiver for Linux 13.2.1 enables this double hop use case with compatible RPM packages for Linux Virtual Desktop.


Don’t forget that you can find great technical details on various features in the Linux Virtual Desktop Team Blog and using the XDPing utility for troubleshooting your Linux Virtual Desktop setup.

Availability: Linux Virtual Desktop 1.1 with all the new features is available on both XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 3 in Enterprise and Platinum editions. The only exception is dedicated VDI desktop which is available only on XenDesktop.

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