VMware Horizon View Client for Linux Release Notes
Horizon View Client for Linux 2.2 | 14 November 2013
Last Updated: 14 November 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
This release of VMware Horizon View Client for Linux includes the following new features:
- Support for VMware Horizon View 5.3 features - Includes support for Windows 8.1 desktops and Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops.For more information, see the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Release Notes and see KB2057605: Using Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop
operating system in VMware Horizon View.
- Keyboard mapping between clients and virtual desktops - The keyboard map for your client system can now be communicated to the View desktop, so that, for example, if you use a Japanese keyboard or a
German keyboard, the
View desktop also uses that keyboard map. Previously, this functionality worked only if you used the Microsoft RDP display protocol. This functionality now works with the PCoIP display protocol if you set a GPO in
the View agent. Use the "Turn on PCoIP user default input language synchronization" policy, available as part of the View PCoIP Session Variables ADM template file. For more information, see the VMware Horizon
View Administration document.
- Domain name filtering - When you log in, as you type a domain name, the list of domains is automatically filtered to match names containing those characters you typed. This feature simplifies
selecting from a large number of domains.
- Real-Time Audio-Video - With the version of Horizon View Client for Linux 2.2 that is provided by some VMware partners, you can now use webcams and microphones in a
virtual desktop and run Skype, WebEx, Google Hangouts, and other online
conferencing applications. This feature redirects video and audio data to the desktop with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved
by using USB redirection. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog
audio input. Requires either VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 or VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1.
- Flash URL Redirection enhancements - Originally introduced with Horizon View Client 2.1, this feature made it possible to use Adobe Media Server and multicast to deliver
live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. With Horizon View Client 2.2, this feature now supports unicast in addition to multicast, so that you can use Strobe Media Player.
Requires a VMware Horizon View 5.3 virtual desktop with the Remote Experience Agent installed.
This agent is included with VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1. See
Using VMware Horizon View Client for Linux.
- USB audio and video devices are no longer redirected by default - For companies that use the USB redirection feature, available from some VMware partners, the viewusb.AllowAudioIn and
viewusb.AllowVideo configuration properties are now set to FALSE by default. The default was changed because with View Client 2.2, the Real-Time Audio-Video feature is used for audio input and
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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 the latest maintenance release of VMware View 4.6.x, 5.0.x, or 5.1.x, or Horizon View 5.2.x or 5.3.
- 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, you could not launch a PCoIP session if the PCoIP client image cache size was larger than available memory on the client system. This issue was more likely to occur with thin clients or if you connected to more than one
View desktop at a time. This issue has been resolved.
Previously, if you used the PCoIP display protocol and the View desktop session timed out, when you attempted to log in again, you might see the error message
"The desktop does not support the requested protocol. Please contact your administrator." This issue has been resolved.
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If you use the virtual printing feature and change any printer settings or printing preferences, such as, for example, DPI or double-sided printing, the printer settings do not persist after you disconnect from or log off of a View
desktop. The virtual printing feature is available only with the version of View Client that is provided by some VMware partners.
If you use a PulseAudio sound system, you might hear static when setting the volume using guest system volume slider.
Workaround: Use the Linux client system's volume slider or use ALSA audio.
Several issues have been encountered when using Japanese-language keyboards.
Workaround: In order to use the hiragana/katakana/muhenkan/henkan key from a Japanese USB keyboard, enable 106/108 key keyboard support on the View desktop. For instructions, see the Microsoft KB at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822190. If using this KB does not solve the problem, see
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 use the PCoIP display protocol on a Ubuntu 10.04 client system, the CAPS Lock, NUM Lock, and Scroll Lock lights on your keyboard do not work with View desktops. Although the lights do not work, the keys
themselves do work.
Workaround: Set the following configuration property in a configuration file, such as /etc/vmware/config:
mks.keyboard.useXkbSetNamedIndicator = "TRUE"
If you use a FreeRDP option to redirect a disk to a View desktop, in Windows 8 View desktops, the disk cannot be seen. For example, if you use the option
--xfreerdpOptions=" --plugin rdpdr --data disk:home:/home/ati --" and then log in to a Windows 8 View desktop, you will not be able to see the redirected
disk, either from Windows Explorer or from \\tsclient.
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 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.
Workarounds: Update to the latest patch release of Ubuntu 12.04, or switch to the client operating system by pressing Alt+Tab, and then switch back
to the View desktop session.
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