openthinclient® OS Version 2 CONSUS released

ConsusWith the name Consus, god of the harvest in the Roman mythology, we launch a new version of openthinclient® software suite with fully updated client operating system.
The new openthinclient OS is based on Debian 7 (Wheezy) with latest kernel 3.12

After a long period of intense work, we hereby announce the public release of our new openthinclient® OS.

What is new?

First and foremost new hardware calls for a new OS core. We went for a complete overhaul and chose the reliable Debian GNU/Linux (wheezy) as a basis for the new thin client os. In combination with state of the art kernels and newest Xorg drivers this os enables the use of various types of hardware. The boot process has been noticably accelerated by the use of our own initrd.
As of version 2.0 settings for (dual) monitor setups can be configured effortlessly with the help of our java based openthinclient® Manager console.You may decide which display resolution you would like on which output connector. Apart from a few VIA based devices which suffer from dual screen issues (openchrome) most available display hardware should to be supported.

Some popular apps (rdesktop, spice) are already provided inside the root filesystem (base) of the Consus VM. You can configure these as command line application via openthinclient® Manager.

Furthermore, we hope to provide application packages and core updates faster by using a completely new build environment. Expect openthinclient® OS to be a rolling distribution with only one repository for packages and updates from now on. This should immensely facilitate administrators’ work.

Please update regularly and check whether new applications are available.

What remains?

The already mentioned openthinclient® Manager has undergone only slight changes which do not affect the well-known interface. The only requirement for an openthinclient® server is still just an Oracle Java installation (JRE) on your Computer which may run Linux, Windows, OSX and the likes.
The field of application remains server based computing (RDP, Citrix, VNC), accessing virtualized desktop infrastructures (VDI), using cloud based services, and to lesser degree working with local applications on the client itself.
This helps to improve availability while simultaneously reducing the total costs for hardware, energy, and service.

What is to come?

Several functions of the former version 1 (Minerva or Ceres) – such as local printing or WIFI support – have not been integrated yet.
The further development of openthinclient® is our highest priority. Re-implementing features of older versions is part of this development and we want to improve our software with the help of your feedback and suggestions. All users, irrespective of whether they are commercial customers or enthusiasts are welcome to share their opinions and wishes and thus help us to realize them.
We will soon launch a feature-bid system on our homepage where you can vote (or pay) for a special feature you would like to see implemented. This also helps to divide costs between interested parties.

Get it Now!

The Consus VM is available for download from now on. Go to our Sourceforge repository. You can also update existing installations. For further information on the installation procedure (next to the readme on Sourceforge) please subscribe to our mailing list or have a look at our homepage. We will provide some in-depth guides soon.


Many thanks to the Debian community and their relentless efforts to build the best Linux distribution on earth. Thanks guys!

A special thanks goes out to Professor Klaus Knopper, who made the reinvention of our build system possible in the first place. Without his patience and know-how we would never have come this far.

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