VMware, which makes virtualization solutions, has announced what it
says is the first open source client for virtual desktop
infrastructure, VMware View Open Client. VMware View enables IT
organizations to host user desktops in the datacenter, while letting
users access their personalized desktop environments from almost any
device, at any time, says Jocelyn Goldfein, vice president and
general manager of VMware’s Desktop Business Unit.

Now, VMware is providing VMware View Open Client for partners,
enabling them to use VMware View source code to optimize their
products to deliver virtual desktops to users. In addition, partners
will be able to use the source code to help accelerate the
development and delivery of solutions for enterprises to provision
and manage thousands of virtual desktops simply, securely and at
substantially lower operating costs, Goldfein says.

VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU Lesser General
Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1) and is accessible from
http://vmware-view-client.googlecode.com/. Some of the features
included in this release support secure tunneling using SSL, two
factor authentication with RSA SecurID, Novell SLETC Add-On RPM
package and a full command line interface. Support for the source
code distribution is available through the VMware View Open Client
community at: http://vmware-view-client.googlecode.com

For more information on VMware View Open Client, visit