ThinPoint client on Linux operating systems

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To be able to use ThinPoint client on Linux operating systems proceed with the following steps:

1. Copy and install ThinPointLinuxClient-0.2-1.noarch.rpm on the Linux client you would like to use to access the ThinPoint sessions. You can download the client directly from NetLeverage site using the following link:


ThinPoint Linux client is tested on OpenSuse 11.1 with dependencies to KDE Desktop technology and libqt4 and libqt4-x11 libraries.
You can only install the ThinPoint client on Linux versions which support RPM package installer.
Currently PrintPoint is not supported in Linux client. When connecting from a Linux client, you could use CUPS or similar methods to allow Linux client printing.


2. After installing the ThinPoint Linux client, you can access this program by browsing to System -> Remote Access -> ThinPoint Client as shown below.


3. Upon running 'ThinPoint client' you will be presented with the following dialog-box:


4. Provide IP address or hostname of the ThinPoint host in the address input field.


If the default listening port of the ThinPoint host is changed, please append :portnumber (example immediately without any space to the end of IP address or hostname of the remote host.


5. Specify the Windows username in the 'Username' input field.

6. Specify the Windows username password in the 'Password' input field and then click Connect.


Windows user accounts with blank passwords are not allowed when using ThinPoint. Please make sure the user password is not blank before trying to connect to the ThinPoint Host remotely using any connection method, including ThinPoint client and WebPoint.


7. After a short while your Linux client will connect to the remote ThinPoint session. The ThinPoint Remote Application panel will be presented in a seamless mode on your Linux Desktop as shown below.


8. While connected the ThinPoint remote application shortcut icons will be added to the Linux client Applications submenu. You can also access these applications using newly added shortcut icons on the Linux Desktop. See the screenshot below.



While connected there are two extra shortcuts appearing on the Linux Desktop: 'Logoff from ThinPoint' and 'Pause ThinPoint'. Use these shortcuts to log off or disconnect from ThinPoint session. 
The three icons at the top-center of the screen are from left-to-right: 'Minimize active Remote Application Window, 'Disconnect from the Remote ThinPoint Session without Logging Off', 'Logoff from the Remote Session'


9. Screenshot below shows a remote Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office Excel published from a Windows XP ThinPoint host running in seamless mode inside the Linux Client Desktop. Please note the remote application integration with the local desktop taskbar.

When the remote application window is minimized, it will be neatly stacked to the taskbar of the local Linux Desktop as if it was a locally running application. It feels and looks the same as a local application.


10. For security reasons all the remote ThinPoint application shortcut icons are removed when the ThinPoint session is logged off or disconnected.

Reverse Document-Streaming

ThinPoint technology introduces a new method of Application Publishing called: Reverse Document Streaming. Using this method any document residing on the Linux client desktop or accessible on the Linux client machine could be displayed using a designated and compatible Published application on the ThinPoint host.

To use this feature perform the following steps:

1. First the document extension needs to be associated with a Published ThinPoint Application. To associate a document extension with a Published ThinPoint Application, please carefully study Paragraph 10 of the ThinPoint Desktop and Application Virtualization chapter.

For example you have already installed Microsoft Office Excel 2007 on the ThinPoint host, during Application Publishing you could associate XLSX (extension for Excel version 2007 documents) with excel.exe.

Now imagine you have a document called worktest.xlsx residing in a folder of your Linux client desktop. See the screenshot below.


When you are connected to the ThinPoint session and XLSX extension has already been associated with excel.exe, when you click and run worktest.xlsx on your Linux client, ThinPoint first streams the worktest.xlsx data file to a shared memory accessible to the ThinPoint host and then it uses published excel.exe on the ThinPoint host to display worktest.xlsx document.

Please see the screenshot below.



ThinPoint client side document association will fail if the document is associated with an application already installed on the client machine.


For example going back the above example, if Open Office or other software capable of running XLSX files has already been installed on the Linux client, XLSX extension would be associated with this locally installed software. When worktest.xlsx was clicked, locally installed software would have run worktest.xlsx and prevent ThinPoint from running it using the remote Microsoft Excel.

Depending on available network upload bandwidth to the ThinPoint host, Published application could become unresponsive while the document data is streamed to the session’s shared memory. This is normal behavior, please wait till the application is responsive again.

For security reasons it is strongly recommended to install appropriate antivirus software on the ThinPoint host to scan uploaded documents in real time before running these files. Majority of the currently available AV software support on-access scanning required for real-time scanning of documents.  


You can use Reverse Document Streaming to run any number of associated documents using compatible ThinPoint published applications.  Please see the screenshot below showing text.docx and worktest.xlsx run by remote Microsoft Word and Excel concurrently.

Updated documents will be saved in the original location.


ThinPoint Reverse Application Streaming technology is fully integrated with the Linux client Desktop. You could also use the 'open with' Linux Desktop context menu by right-clicking on the document to run the document using the Remote ThinPoint Application. See the screenshot below.