Chapter 8.  Client Platforms

Table of Contents

8.1. Windows
8.1.1. Requirements
8.1.2. Installing the Windows Client
8.1.3. Running the Windows Client
8.2. Mac OS X
8.2.1. Requirements
8.2.2. Installing the Mac OS X Client
8.2.3. Running the Mac OS X Client
8.2.4. Command and Alt Keys on Mac OS X
8.3. Linux PC
8.3.1. Requirements
8.3.2. Installing the Linux Client
8.3.3. Running the Linux Client
8.4. Solaris
8.4.1. Requirements
8.4.2. Installing the Solaris Client
8.4.3. Running the Solaris Client
8.5. Thin Terminals
8.5.1. Neoware Terminals
8.5.2. eLux-based Thin Terminals (Fujitsu Futro et. al.)
8.5.3. VXL
8.5.4. HP ThinPro Terminals
8.5.5. IGEL Universal Desktop
8.5.6. Dell Wyse-Enhanced SuSE Linux Terminals
8.5.7. Other Thin Terminals
8.6. The ThinLinc Client Operating System (TLCOS)
8.6.1. Requirements
8.6.2. Downloading the Distribution
8.6.3. Customizing the Kickstart File
8.6.4. Installing the ThinLinc Client Operating System
8.6.5. Using Local Drives with TLCOS
8.6.6. Using Image Scanners with TLCOS
8.6.7. Using Local Printers with TLCOS
8.6.8. Getting Applications Using Ctrl-Alt-Fx to Work with TLCOS
8.6.9. Dealing with Sound Cards not found by Autodetection
8.6.10. Managing Network Connections with NetworkManager
8.7. Using X11 Terminals as ThinLinc Clients
8.7.1. Configuration
8.8. Running ThinLinc on a Thinstation terminal
8.8.1. Installing and Building the Package
8.8.2. Configuring the ThinLinc client when running on a Thinstation Terminal
8.9. Web Integration and Browser Clients
8.9.1. The Java Browser Client
8.9.2. Launching the Native Client From a Web Page
8.9.3. The CGI Script tlclient.cgi
8.9.4. ThinLinc Web Access (HTML5 Client)

There are several ways to run the ThinLinc client, and also some ways to access ThinLinc servers without running the client.

In this chapter we will document how to install, configure and run the ThinLinc client on all different platforms including dedicated thin terminals. We will also describe how to install and use the ThinLinc Client Operating System (TLCOS), an operating system shipped with ThinLinc, used to convert old hardware into thin terminals.


ThinLinc Client Operating System (TLCOS) is discontinued and will not be included in the next release of ThinLinc.

Last, we will describe how to access ThinLinc servers using X11 terminals.

8.1.  Windows

8.1.1.  Requirements

The supported Windows versions are XP, XP Embedded, 2003, 2003 R2, Vista, 2008, 7, 2008 R2, 8, 2012, 8.1, 2012 R2. Windows CE is currently not supported.

8.1.2.  Installing the Windows Client

To install the client on a Windows machine, unpack the Client Bundle and enter the client-windows directory. Then click on the file tl-4.1.1-client-windows.exe and follow the instructions.

The tl-4.1.1-client-windows directory contains an unpacked version of the ThinLinc Windows client. It makes it possible to run the client directly from the bundle, without installing first.

We have also included a command file called nonguisetup.cmd in the tl-4.1.1-client-windows directory. It demonstrates how to manually install the ThinLinc client. Reasons for this might include:

  • You do not want to run foreign executables (the setup program) as administrator

  • You are making a remote install via SSH and cannot run GUI applications

  • You want to distribute the client to a large number of machines

For more information about how to configure the client, read Section 7.7, “ Client configuration storage ”.

8.1.3.  Running the Windows Client

During installation the ThinLinc client will be added to the Start menu. To start the client you select it from the Start menu.