VMware Horizon View Client for Linux Release Notes
Horizon View Client for Linux 2.0 | 14 March 2013
Last Updated: 14 March 2013
These release notes cover the following topics:
VMware Horizon View Client for Linux makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from a Ubuntu 10.04 or 12.04 system with the best possible user experience on the
Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).
- Support for Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04
- Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over
low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
- Simple connectivity - Horizon View Client for Linux is tightly integrated with Horizon View for simple setup and connectivity.
- Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. Enhanced certificate checking is
performed on the client. View Client for Linux also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication. (RADIUS support was added with VMware View 5.1 and
View Client for Linux 1.5 or later.)
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What's New in This Release
VMware Horizon View Client for Linux 2.0 includes the following new features:
- Support for Windows 8 Horizon View desktops - With Horizon View 5.2, you can now create Windows 8 virtual desktops and use them with all types of
Horizon View Client 2.0 clients.
- Localization support for Traditional Chinese - Both the Horizon View Client user interface and documentation are now available in Traditional
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The user interface and documentation for Horizon View Client are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.
Note: To have the View Client user interface use Simplified Chinese characters, set the client system to use the zh_CN locale. If you set the client system to use
the zh_SG locale, the user interface is displayed in English characters.
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Before You Begin
- Horizon View Client for Linux requires a 32-bit Ubuntu Linux 10.04 or 12.04 operating system.
- Horizon View Client for Linux is supported with VMware View 4.6.1 or later.
- To install, on your Linux client system, you must enable Canonical Partners and use Synaptic Package Manager to search for and configure installation of the
For more system requirements and detailed installation instructions, see
Using VMware Horizon View Client for Linux.
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The following issues were fixed in this release of Horizon View Client for Linux:
Previously, if you used the PCoIP display protocol on a Ubuntu 10.04 client system, the CAPS Lock, NUM Lock, and Scroll Lock lights on your keyboard would not work with
View desktops. This issue has been resolved if you set the following configuration property in a configuration file, such as /etc/vmware/config:
mks.keyboard.useXkbSetNamedIndicator = "TRUE"
Previously, if you used Horizon View Client with a Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, the title bar sometimes disappeared after you logged off from full screen mode RDP
session. This issue has been resolved.
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On Ubuntu 12.04 systems, in the Login dialog box for Horizon View Client, if you click About VMware Horizon View Client, you will not be able to close the About box until you first close the
Login box. This issue results from the implementation of the Ubuntu 12 global menu.
Workaround: Disable the global menu for Horizon View Client by running the following command:
If you connect to a View desktop with FreeRDP and configure the desktop to connect to a separate disk, if the disk name includes non-ASCII characters, the disk name
cannot be displayed correctly in the View desktop. For example, if you use non-ASCII characters in the disk name and then launch View Client with command line option
'--rdpclient=xfreerdp' and '--xfreerdpOptions="--plugin rdpdr --data disk:: --"'
the disk name does not appear correctly in the View desktop.
When configuring a client system for kiosk mode, you must use the command-line option --nomenubar because the equivalent configuration option,
view.nomenubar, does not work.
After you install Horizon View Client, you will be unable to change the language used by the operating system on the client machine. The Language Support app in system
settings will not start.
Workaround: Uninstall Horizon View Client, and then start the Language Support app.
Because Horizon VMware View Client is available in Korean, whereas View Connection Server 4.6.x is not, if you use Horizon View Client on a Korean system, you will
find that messages
that originate from the client are available in Korean, but messages that originate from View Connection Server 4.6.x appear in English.
If you use the PCoIP display protocol and the View desktop session times out, when you attempt to log in again, you might see the error message
"The desktop does not support the requested protocol. Please contact your administrator."
Workaround: Restart Horizon View Client and log in again.
If you use the PCoIP display protocol, the Horizon View Client application can get focus only if you click its title bar.
If you use the PCoIP display protocol and if the View desktop uses View Agent 4.6.1, copying and pasting certain non-ASCII characters does not work. That is, certain
Unicode characters are not converted to UTF-8 characters. This issue does not occur if the View desktop uses View Agent 5.0.x, 5.1.x, or 5.2.
If you use View Client with a Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, the menu bar does not appear on the desktop selector screen if you launch client with the
If you use View Client with a Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, if you press the Windows key in a View desktop, the Windows key press is also captured by the client
If you use View Client with a Ubuntu 12.04 operating system, occasionally you might see an issue when launching a View desktop in full screen mode.
Workaround: Switch to the client operating system by pressing Alt+Tab, and then switch back to the View desktop session.
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