Recently, Citrix released v1.1 of the Linux Virtual Desktop. Since then the Linux Virtual Desktop team has been putting together a number of blog posts. The posts covering the many things we have delivered as part of this release. This post provides a brief overview and jumping off point to our other articles.

The Linux Virtual Desktop v1.1 installation guides are available here and installation packages are available here. If you are upgrading from a previous version, this article is a valuable guide.

So what are the new features in this release and where can you read more about them?

Linux VDI dedicated desktops – The Linux VDA now supports the dedicated desktop delivery model (i.e. VDI mode) allowing administrators to assign users a dedicated Linux VDA. The Linux VDA continues to support the hosted shared desktop delivery mode as the default. The installation guides cover how to configure the Linux VDA for dedicated desktop model.

Multi-monitor support – The Linux VDA already uses the new Project Snowball/Thinwire Plus/Thinwire+/Enhanced Compatibility mode graphics encoder announced as part of XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 FP3. With the v1.1 release we continue to evolve the Linux VDA’s graphics capabilities with multi-monitor support. The Linux VDA supports dual monitor out-of-the box with maximum resolution of 2560×1600 per monitor and can be configured to support up to 9 monitors. Read our How to Configure Multi-Monitor on the Linux VDA v1.1 post if you want to change these default settings.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 support – The v1.1 release adds support for the latest versions of Red Hat and SUSE on x86–64. This brings the list of supported Linux distributions to:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise
    • Desktop 11 Service Pack 3
    • Desktop 11 Service Pack 4
    • Desktop 12
    • Server 11 Service Pack 3
    • Server 11 Service Pack 4
    • Server 12
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • Workstation 6.6
    • Workstation 6.7
    • Workstation 7.0
    • Workstation 7.1
    • Server 6.6
    • Server 6.7
    • Server 7.0
    • Server 7.1

We have a post explaining some of the issues with supporting Linux distributions.

Improved Active Directory and Centrify support – Active Directory is central to the XenDesktop/XenApp and, therefore, central to the Linux Virtual Desktop. In this release, we added support for cross-forest support and Centrify DirectControl and a number of under-the-cover changes to improve Active Directory integration. We have the following posts covering some of these improvements:

We are working to publish a Linux Virtual Desktop Active Directory Planning Guide.

Linux Broker Agent improvements – The Linux Broker Agent now supports power state change and IP address change notifications. It also supports CNAME lookup of Delivery Controllers.

KDE and Qt application suppport – The Linux Virtual Desktop v1.0 supported the Gnome desktop. In the v1.1 release, the KDE desktop and Qt based applications with Gnome are now supported. We have a post covering supporting KDE and Qt applications.

Improved Internationalisation support – While the Linux Virtual Desktop has not been localised to languages other than English, we have been working on improving how non-English languages work on the English Linux VDA. We have moved to using UTF–8 internally and improved support for keyboards other than a US–101).

Improved troubleshooting guides and utilities – To help administrators troubleshoot installation, configuration, and Broker registration issues, we have developed a Linux version of the XDPing support utility (see here). We also put together a guide for troubleshooting common registration issues – read it here.

Support for the Windows Receiver Single Sign On (SSO) Service – Linux Virtual Desktop now supports the Windows Receiver Single Sign On (SSO) service and, as a side-effect, now supports HTML5 Receiver versions prior v1.6. You can read about this functionality here.

To read more from the Linux Virtual Desktop Team, please refer to the Linux Virtual Desktop Team blog here.