Last week I was reading through a forum and found a link to an HP thin term package that was said to contain a PCoIP LINUX View Client, since VMware does not have a Linux client with PCoIP I decided I would take a look and try this out. Please note that this is in NO WAY supported by VMware or HP. Use this process at your own risk, I would not recommend this for a production environment since it is not supported.
The forum with the http://communities.vmware.com/message/1508142
The process is fairly straightforward…
- Install Debian 5.0 with the Desktop packages (default install is perfect)
- Download HP vmware brokerupdate package to your debian desktop
- Open command prompt and start aptitude
- Remove rdesktop package
- Close aptitude
- Extract brokerupdate zip file
- use dpkg to install the hp rdesktop file
- use dpkg to install the hp vmware-view-client
- Run vmware-view
First install Debian 5.0 as you normally would, and when it comes time to pick what “tasks” to install select “Desktop environment” and finish the installation. Once the machine is booted up and you are logged in open up a terminal windows and run to following command as root.
apt-get remove rdesktop tsclient
After this is completed you are ready to download and install the HP version of the VMWare View Client with PCoIP. This step will need to be done on a windows system. After the download is complete run the program and extract the files to a location on your pc, make a note of the location as we will need to access those files in the next step.
After the files are downloaded and extracted out use a utility like winscp, or ftp or samba to transfer the two files listed below to the home directory on the linux machine. The easiest way that I have found and the quickest is to install ssh on the linux machine and then connect to it via winscp and transfer the files that way. The package that will need to be installed for ssh/scp to work is openssh-server.
After the files are located in your home directory we will use the dpkg utility to install them with the following two commands.
dpkg -i hptc-rdesktop_1.6.0-1.27_i386.deb
dpkg -i vmware-view-client_4.0.1-235010_i386.deb
After this step is complete you now have a Linux system with a PCoIP View client. However no shortcut is created, but you can launch this program from the command line by running:
You can create a desktop icon by simply right-clicking on the desktop and be creating a new launcher and putting in the appropriate details.
My next post on this subject will be on how to turn this workstation into a terminal that automatically boots right to the view client with no other logins needed which will make the normal user experience much simpler.