Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Access Linux desktop applications remotely - fernapp open sourced

Are you looking for an easy way to access Linux desktop applications (for Gnome, KDE, ...) remotely? The fernapp software makes it possible to run a GUI application on a headless server and access it from anywhere via web browser!

On the server all you do is:

./fernapp-server.sh libreoffice

Download the software here (available as source code and binary):
http://www.fernapp.com

The current implementation of the web browser client is using a Java applet. A HTML5 client will be developed in the future. A prototype iPad app has also already been implemented.

I initially developed this software as a part of my master's thesis, which eventually evolved into the start-up fernapp.com. The fernapp software has now been open sourced under the GPL license.