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Managed Desktop Service

Note: the following desktops are remote desktops and users need to connect with their PC / Mac. ACT supports the services, but do not provide the personal desktop hardware.

Linux Desktops

Description

The Linux Desktop service uses NoMachine NX to provide access to Linux desktop environment software running on a set of servers, via client software running on office desktop computers.
The main purpose of the Linux Desktop Service is to facilitate the use of the Research Processing service for Windows and Mac users.
Using the NoMachine software, you’ll have to first connect to nx.reading.ac.uk. Read more…

The only Linux desktop applications supported by IT are the following terminal emulators: gnome-terminal and xterm.  Other Linux desktop applications may be installed but no support for their use is available from IT.

How to access

The Linux desktop service is available to all staff. If you have any issues, please contact the IT Service Desk.

See user’s guide.

Costs

The Linux desktop service is free of charge.

Windows Desktops

Description

The Windows Desktop service uses Microsoft Remote Desktop to provide access to a managed Windows desktop environment running on a set of servers, via client software running on office desktop computers.
The main purpose of the Windows Desktop Service is to enable access to Windows applications from a Linux environment.

How to access

The Windows desktop service is available to all staff. If you have any issues, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Read the user’s guide to access the Windows Desktop Service.

Costs

The windows desktop service is free of charge.

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