“The best Linux Remote Desktop Server”

Here at Cendio, our team work together, putting all efforts into making it easier to get access to Linux desktops. We make it specifically by providing a Linux Remote Desktop Server software and support services for this software to make sure it works well.

Our ambition is to make ThinLinc, our software, “The best Linux Remote Desktop Server.”

Let us explain, through ThinLinc’s key properties, why we think ThinLinc is the solution for fulfilling your Linux user needs.

Any device or system

ThinLinc lets users access their Linux-based desktops and applications on any device, anywhere with an internet connection. It integrates easily with existing infrastructure on the server-side as it works with a wide range of Linux distributions.

  • It gives flexibility and freedom of choice for users and system administrators. Use what you have or choose what you like.
  • Avoid vendor lock-in since administrators have the freedom of choice. As a consequence, there is an efficient use of resources – do more with less.
  • Works with your Linux of choice, giving the freedom to use existing infrastructure for services such as authentication and storage. It does not require the administrator to ditch all the previous work and investment.
  • Flexibility and ease of use for all end-users, from any device, such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), any OS, anywhere.

  • ThinLinc development uses well known open standards for maximal security and compatibility.
  • It works with popular Linux distributions and desktop environments.
  • The native client is easily available and installable for common platforms and free of charge.
  • Our HTML5-based web access client is available for all common browsers.

Local experience

ThinLinc aims to provide performance and functionality that makes the remote session indistinguishable from a local session. The end-user should not have to sacrifice anything about their local desktop experience.

  • Take remote access to the next level. Satisfied end-users mean increased uptake and acceptance, and the ability to provide all users with an excellent remote experience, without compromising performance, security, and functionality.
  • Optimized for low-bandwidth networks to provide a consistent experience across connections. Performance and responsiveness are equivalent to a local session, including graphics acceleration.
  • No compromise on functionality. Users have access to full-duplex audio, both local and server printers, local drives, multiple screens, and selected peripheral devices.

  • Fullscreen and multi-screen support, use the same workflow as you would with a local session
  • Audio, local printing support, local drive support to give a local experience
  • Graphical performance equivalent to a local session
  • Server-side graphics acceleration for OpenGL-based applications, via VirtualGl.

Secure over any network

ThinLinc sends all network traffic over encrypted tunnels, making all connections secure against eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks. This way, ThinLinc eliminates risks associated with using a shared system over the network.

  • Continuously developed and thoroughly tested, with reliability and security in focus. Cendio houses experts with decades of cumulative experience.
  • Core components based on open standards, built from auditable open-source code.
  • All network traffic encrypted by default, using military-grade encryption.
  • Used and trusted by security-conscious organizations worldwide.
  • Based on well-known open-source projects, known for reliability and security.
  • Client-side isolation means that insecure end-user devices do not compromise the security of the system.

  • All traffic between the ThinLinc client and server is encrypted (SSH/TLS).
  • Multiple authentication methods are available to offer both flexibility and secure login.

Reliable and robust

ThinLinc reduces the complexity of maintaining a Linux environment and minimizes the consequences of any errors by keeping as much functionality as possible when some part malfunctions.

  • Mature, well-established product (first released in 2003)
  • Used worldwide by customers in the most demanding environments (Read more)
  • Continuously developed and updated with security and bug fixes
  • Built on well-known and trusted open-source projects, no black box. Runs on Linux.

  • Redundancy and load balancing built-in.
  • Linux based.
  • High-availability (HA) functionality built-in.

Easy to administer and use

ThinLinc’s administration interfaces are intuitive and efficient, reducing the burden of maintenance and configuration. User interfaces are simple, clear, and easy to operate.

  • Developed by Linux users for Linux users, and compatible with common tools that Linux administrators feel comfortable using.
  • Proven, supported, field-tested infrastructure for Linux server-based computing. It is a finished product that is easy to install.
  • Simple for end-users to use, install, login, and connect. It is up and running in less than 1 minute, regardless of the device.
  • It is easy for the administrator to troubleshoot problems during installation and maintenance, either on their own or with support from Cendio.
  • It eliminates the risk associated with unsupported, in-house solutions.
  • The centralized administration offers a single point for updates, configuration, and installation, rather than individually managing a large number of end-points.

  • All client software is free and easily available.
  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Simple installation process

Responsive, world-class support

Support requests for ThinLinc are answered quickly and clearly, by people involved in the product development.

  • Support directly from qualified engineers certified on ThinLinc.
  • Guaranteed time for a response following the agreement.
  • Clear response with no loose-ends, from people who understand and care.
  • Flexible support levels depending on requirements and budget.

  • No third-parties or call centers.
  • Choose the type of support to suit your needs, Standard, or Premium levels available.
  • An unlimited number of tickets.

Honest and clear information

The product information is transparent, honest, accurate, complete, and easy to understand, including information about flaws and limitations.

  • One product, all-inclusive, fully-featured, no hidden cost, and surprises.
  • Fair pricing and terms, transparent business model, and licensing.
  • No “marketing hype”, we tell it like it is and give clear and honest answers
  • Cendio’s philosophy is honesty and clarity of information regarding ThinLinc, as well as its advantages.
  •  No hidden fees, vendor lock-ins, complex licensing models, restricted features, or costly add-ons. Transparent and clear product.

  • ThinLinc license is per concurrent user – not individual named user, per CPU, etc. This licensing model is cost-effective and fair compared to other solutions.
  • High-quality product at a fair price, under flexible conditions.
  • All-inclusive, why pay more for less.
  • A transparent, honest approach and clear communication are central to Cendio’s philosophy.

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People say

ThinLinc is much smoother for the GUI experience over long-distance connections. Even from 2000 miles away ThinLinc provides a good experience, in our past NX can be more choppy. The ThinLinc installer is much nicer too, it’s much better at solving the dependencies on Linux systems. The built-in security in ThinLinc is a huge win, now we don’t have to deal with trying to secure/tunnel the insecure software protocols like VNC.

L. S.

I must say that I am quite surprised by your product. We have used a lot of different remote desktop solutions in the past (RealVNC, NiceDCV, NoMachine, ...) but all had some issues at one point or the other. I came over ThinLinc only accidentally, but I was smiling all the way though my evaluation. Many things where we thought "it would be nice, if..." are addressed here.


We’re a small life science startup, we have 3-4 scientists who need to remote into two Linux systems via GUI (they’re not command line folks) to test out some scientific programming. I used ThinLinc at my last company and was pleased how much better it was over NX/VNC/etc, and with an easy setup as well. We have the 5-pack license, I’m sure as we hire more folks we’ll need to get more. Thanks and keep up the good work!


Thank you for this suggestion. I have been banging my head against the wall for the past few days trying to figure out what was wrong with Debian 11 and VNC. I couldn't ever make it work with anything other than XFCE, and that was with only one account. So, not useful if I need additional users accessing the system. I installed this, and it was set up faster than VNC was!

Sllim126 (Reddit)

I found the software to be very light and responsive: it's almost as if I was using the computer locally. I used to copy to my notebook the post-processing outputs of the numerical simulations (videos and images) that I run on the workstation. Now, using ThinLinc, I view such results remotely (videos and images load and run with great performance).


So I came across this article looking for help on configuring multiple ports/users for TigerVNC for a training class we are to start. I saw someone spoke about ThinLinc. I went to their website downloaded it, and can't believe how this is not more popular, its utterly a God send for people that need a vnc tool. It's fantastic.

I highly recommend ThinLinc!

rob_morin (Reddit)

In terms of feedback, I can say that I have tried VNC (clunky and no sound), MS Remote Desktop (painfully, painfully slow) and Real VNC (how on Earth do you install the license if you use professional subscription?). ThinLinc was easy to set up and just worked extremely well. 85ms is not so far away, and yet the MS client just chokes on it.


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