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VMware Horizon View Client for Linux Release Notes

Horizon View Client for Linux 2.3 | 23 January 2014

Last Updated: 23 January 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

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 - Note that the latest version of Horizon View Client that supports Ubuntu 10.04 is Horizon View Client 1.7.
  • 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. Horizon 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:

  • Ability to configure which keys are sent only to the local system - You might prefer to have some keys or key combinations handled by your local client system when working in a remote desktop. For example, you might want to use a particular key combination to start the screen saver on your client computer. For instructions on using this new feature, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Linux.
  • Running Horizon View Client in kiosk mode hides the server connection screen and the desktop library - Now if you run a remote desktop in kiosk mode, the Horizon View server connection dialog box and the desktop selector dialog box are hidden. For example, you might use the following command to use kiosk mode:

    vmware-view -s server_name -nonInteractive -nomenubar -fullscreen -once -kioskLogin

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Internationalization

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 vmware-view-client package. Note that the latest version of Horizon View Client that supports Ubuntu 10.04 is Horizon View Client 1.7.
    For more system requirements and detailed installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Linux.

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Known Issues

  • If your client system is running pcscd version 1.5 and you log off, shut down, or reset a Windows 8.1 remote desktop, Horizon View Client freezes with a black screen.
    Workaround: Stop the pcscd service or update the version of pcscd to 1.7 or later.
  • If you enable the group policy setting called "Disable sending CAD when users press Ctrl+Alt+Del" in the remote desktop, then on the Linux client, selecting "Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete" from the menu bar has no effect. Also, using the Ctrl+Alt+Insert key combination has no effect.
    Workaround: To make the Ctrl+Alt+Insert key combination work after you enable the agent-side GPO called "Disable sending CAD when users press Ctrl+Alt+Del," you must add the configuration option view.sendCtrlAltInsToVM = "True" in the following configuration file on the Linux client computer: /etc/vmware/view-mandatory-config
  • 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 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927824/en-us.
  • 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:
    UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 vmware-view
  • 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 connect to a Windows 8.1 remote desktop with FreeRDP and configure the desktop to use multiple monitors, the desktop window spans the monitors rather than using true multimonitor display. This issue does not occur when connecting to a Windows 7 or Windows 8 remote desktop.
  • If you use a FreeRDP option to redirect a disk to a View desktop, in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 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
    --fullscreen parameter.
  • 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 operating system.
  • 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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