With the move to Cloud and SaaS model of computing,Linux apps are growing in enterprises more than ever. Citrix with Linux Virtual Desktop allows you to build the unified strategy for Linux apps along with the Windows, web, SaaS and mobile application. The Linux apps can be the homegrown apps, ISV apps, 3D graphics applications and the typical HPC workload.

The new Linux Virtual Desktop 1.3 as part of XenApp and XenDesktop 7.9 release extends the reach for IT to enable more use cases with CentOS support, Client drive mapping and more options for 3D graphics applications in the virtualization environment.

CentOS support

This release enables the support for CentOS 6.7 and 7.2 for both hosted shared and VDI dedicated desktop modes. CentOS is similar to RedHat from an architecture perspective as well as the installation; configuration is similar for both. In addition, if you are new to the Linux world and don’t have the required licenses yet, CentOS is easily available for you to start the PoC with Linux Virtual Desktop.


Client Drive Mapping

Linux Virtual Desktop can be accessed from any device using Citrix Receiver. The users have the data on their end point devices, which they want to use inside the Linux Virtual Desktop. Client drive mapping maps the drive on the end point to the virtual desktop for enabling this use case. There is also a way to turn off client drive mapping (CDM) if that is a security requirement in some cases.


Install Directory Change

Previous versions of Linux Virtual Desktop used to install in /usr/local/ location, but now with this release the installation location is /opt/Citrix/ for the Linux VDA. This makes it more consistent with other Citrix components per the standard practice on Linux.



This release enables the tech preview support for vGPU with HDX 3D Pro for Linux on XenServer and vSphere. This enables you to continue your testing for higher scalability in the PoC environment.


In addition to the support for RHEL 7.2, this release enables more distributions for example CentOS 7.2 and SLE 12.1 with HDX 3D Pro for Linux as tech preview capability.

Overall, this new release unblocks all the distributions and GPU access possibilities with the solution for you to start testing and plan the move for your 3D graphics application to the virtualized environment.

Virtualize your Linux workload with Linux Virtual Desktop 1.3 and let us know how it works for you!

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