Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop Community Edition 4.0.2

The easiest system to use on computers, now available as a virtual desktop solution
Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop Community Edition or Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) is an open source computer operating system designed from the ground up to provide an Ubuntu-based application delivery platform and virtual desktop that supports Linux hosted application and desktop sessions. It also supports Windows remote desktop services.

It is distributed as an OVA appliance

The Community edition of Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is distributed as an appliance in the OVA (Open Virtualization) file format of approximately 900MB in size, which means that you must import it into a supported virtualization software, such as Oracle VirtualBox, in order to use it.

How to use an OVA file with VirtualBox

Considering the fact that you have a working VirtualBox installation, open it and choose the “Import Appliance” option from the File menu. Browser for the OVA file and open it, click the Next button and then click the Import button to import the appliance into VirtualBox. Don’t forget to click Agree on the license dialog and wait for the appliance to be imported.

How it really works

After the system is fully loaded, you will be dropped to a shell prompt where you are instructed to open a web browser and point it to an IP address. From there, you can login into the Ulteo web-based administration interface using the “admin” username and the “admin” password or start a new virtual desktop session. The desktop environment is traditional, comprised of a single taskbar that includes a simple main menu and essential system functions.

Offers a great selection of open-source applications

The Community Edition of Ulteo OVD offers a great selection of open-source applications, among which we can mention the LibreOffice office suite, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Leafpad text editor, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP image editor, Adobe Reader PDF document viewer, as well as the Thunar file manager.

Reviewed by , last updated on August 26th, 2014

developed by:
Gaƫl Duval & the Ulteo Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Linux Distributions


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What's New in This Release:
  • Updated documentation
  • Feature add SAML2 support into OVD (SM auth module, WebPortal management, session request protocol modification)
  • Feature Add anyuser UserDB module
  • Bugfix 941 Some shortcut keys don't work in Excel in Desktop mode
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The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop project is a free and commercial computer operting system solution that introduces...

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