ThinLinc 1.6.0 Release Notes

Introduction

Cendio is proud to announce the availability of our latest ThinLinc release, version 1.6.0. As with earlier releases, this version includes many new features and as well as corrections. In total, this release contains more than 180 enhancements.

Changes in This Release

For each enhancement, the issue number is given in parenthesis.

Server

  • ThinLinc works on most modern Linux distributions and Sun Solaris (R). This release has been extensively tested on the following platforms:
    • Red Hat (R) Enterprise Linux 5 (Release Candidate)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (R), in 64-bit mode
    • Ubuntu (R) 6.10
    • Sun Solaris (R) 10
  • ThinLinc can now be used for free for 1 concurrent user, even for commercial purposes. (2026)
  • CrossOver can be configured to automatically assign Windows drive letters for all "personal" mounts, such as ThinLinc local drives. This is done by enabling the tl-crossover-drives script. (1635)
  • Dead keys now works correctly with CrossOver, even when using the Windows client. (1983)
  • When licenses are about to expire, warning messages are sent to the administrator. (1989)
  • The tool tl-memberof-group can determine if a user is a member of the specified group. This makes custom scripting easier. (1992)
  • The tool tl-nds-memberof-container can determine if a user is located in a specified Organizational Unit, when LDAP authentication is used. (2320)

Desktop Customizer

  • An external shell command can be used to determine if an application group should be activated for an user. (1515)
  • The Desktop Customizer now uses case-insensitive sorting. (1895)
  • Defining command lines containing quote characters is now possible. (2205)

Client

  • The Windows client now features Local Drive Redirection. This makes it possible to access local hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, USB-drives etc from the server. (316)
  • The performance of the local drive redirection has been greatly improved, especially when writing data. (1941)
  • The Local Drive Redirection now supports paths containing whitespace. (2339)
  • The Windows client supports machine-wide configuration, which provides default settings for the user configuration. (348)
  • A native client for Mac OS X is provided, with basic functionality. (410)
  • Windows Vista is now a supported client platform. (2046)
  • Windows XP Embedded is now a supported client platform. (1822)
  • Windows NT 4.0 is no longer a supported client platform. (2264)
  • Client packages for all Wyse Linux terminals, such as S50 and V50, are provided. (1874)
  • Antivirus verification is disabled by default. (2170)
  • Client packages for eLux containers UC_INTEL_P3 and UC_PC are now provided. (1823)

General

  • All ISO images includes a cover image, which can be used for creating labels on CD-ROMs using LightScribe (http://www.lightscribe.com) or other methods. (2104)
  • The UTF-8 encoding of Unicode is used in almost all areas. This includes configuration files, web pages, documentation, and file names. Usernames and passwords in the ThinLinc client are still limited to ASCII, though. (2067)
  • ThinLinc has been updated to reflect the name change of the highly successful PolypAudio project, which is now called PulseAudio (http://pulseaudio.org/). (2073)

Novell Integration

  • The Linux kernel ncpfs file system has suffered from a problem (http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3328) which causes NCP mounts to stop working under certain conditions. Although this is a problem with Linux rather than ThinLinc, Cendio have donated a correction for this problem to the community. (1664)
  • ThinLinc now includes software for integrating with the Novell Client for Linux (http://www.novell.com/products/clients/linux/overview.html). The two tools tl-nwlogin and tl-nwlogout features login using the single sign-on mechanism, as well fetching the tree and context from eDirectory automatically. (2310)
  • tl-nds-posixuser can optionally create and maintain an alias container, which is required by the Novell Windows Client when using single sign-on over RDP, connecting to a Windows Terminal Server. This means that it is no longer necessary to use the Centralis Lyncx utility. (2135)
  • The login shell of users created by tl-nds-posixuser is configurable: it is no longer fixed to /bin/bash. (2151)
  • tl-nds-posixuser supports executing a "hook script" before adding posixAccount attributes. (2291)
  • tl-mount-ncp mounts with permission 0700 by default, which grants access to the user only. (1901)

Windows (R) Integration

  • Microphones and other input devices are now supported with Windows Terminal Servers. The ThinLinc WTS Tools package includes a new sound driver called "tlsnd", which can replace the standard RDP sound driver. (924)
  • Sound redirection from Windows Terminal Servers to ThinLinc clients can now be done using the PulseAudio protocol. This provides better responsiveness, for example when stopping playback. (2032)
  • SeamlessRDP is now supported on Windows 2000, in addition to Windows 2003. (2012)
  • The Linux cifsfs file system is supported, in addition to the earlier smbfs file system. (356)
  • The share corresponding to the users home directory can retrieved from Active Directory. This means that no configuration is required to mount the users CIFS home directory using the tl-mount-cifs tool. (1985)
  • Authentication against Microsoft Active Directory is now done using Sambas "ADS" security mode, which means that Kerberos is used. (1314)
  • When Winbind is used in a cluster, the LDAP idmap backend provides synchronization, replacing the earlier ypserv_nss solution. (1123)
  • A single sign-on mechanism for the Citrix ICA Client is now available. (2095, 2115)
  • tl-mount-cifs mounts with permission 0700 by default, which grants access to the user only. (1900)

TLCOS

  • It is now possible to configure TLCOS to send Ctrl-Alt-Fn keypresses to the server, rather than changing local console. (2325)
  • A problem related to changing USB Mass Storage devices has been corrected. (2271)
  • On computers with ACPI support, the power button can be used to shut down the terminal. (1870)

Documentation

  • The Client Customizer is documented. (1500)

Corrected Issues

ThinLinc has also been enhanced in many other ways. The complete list of corrected issues follows:

 316,  348,  356,  410,  924, 1123, 1314, 1345, 1446, 1479, 1488,
1490, 1500, 1515, 1574, 1601, 1603, 1605, 1609, 1612, 1635, 1649,
1659, 1675, 1696, 1706, 1708, 1735, 1756, 1767, 1785, 1790, 1800,
1820, 1822, 1823, 1826, 1840, 1858, 1863, 1869, 1870, 1874, 1877,
1881, 1882, 1885, 1888, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1923,
1935, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1983,
1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2012,
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2030, 2032, 2034, 2035,
2038, 2040, 2046, 2049, 2053, 2056, 2066, 2067, 2071, 2073, 2083,
2084, 2089, 2090, 2095, 2096, 2099, 2101, 2104, 2105, 2115, 2118,
2119, 2124, 2128, 2131, 2133, 2135, 2138, 2146, 2148, 2151, 2152,
2170, 2188, 2189, 2191, 2193, 2195, 2199, 2200, 2202, 2204, 2205,
2206, 2223, 2226, 2228, 2229, 2232, 2248, 2249, 2250, 2252, 2259,
2260, 2261, 2263, 2264, 2266, 2271, 2281, 2282, 2284, 2287, 2288,
2291, 2300, 2307, 2310, 2313, 2314, 2318, 2319, 2320, 2325, 2326,
2334, 2335, 2339, 2342, 2353, 2354, 2356, 2360, 2361, 2364, 2367,
2373, 2375, 2390, 2394
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