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Ulteo SAS
Société par actions simplifiée
FounderGaël Duval, Thierry Koehrlen
Defunct2017 Edit this on Wikidata
Key people
Thierry Koehrlen (CEO), Gaël Duval (CTO)
ProductsApplication Delivery Industry, Virtualization software
Websitewww.ulteo.com. Archived 2017-02-26 at the Wayback Machine

Ulteo is a software company which provides free and open source (FOSS) virtual desktop solutions[buzzword]. The company is based in Caen, Calvados département, France, and has a research and development center in Colombelles.


Ulteo was founded by Gaël Duval,[1] who previously created Mandriva Linux,[2] and Thierry Koehrlen, founder of www.intalio.com, with the mission of simplifying the PC user's digital life.[3]

In 2009, at the Open World Forum, the company received an Open Innovation Award for its Open Virtual Desktop product.[4]



Ulteo Online Desktop, the company's first product, was an online service which provided access to OpenOffice.org in a web browser and offered synchronization of files with the client. A competitor to Google Docs,[1][5] it was launched on 11 December 2007.[6] The service was subsequently expanded to host full KDE desktops.[7] Besides 'no-install' access to applications, it also provided collaboration features, as one session could be shared between users for training purposes or joint editing of documents.[3]

Ulteo Documents Synchronizer was a client application which synchronized local files with those stored in Online Desktop.

Ulteo Application System, codenamed Sirius, was introduced the following year. It was a complete Linux distribution, an installable version of Ulteo Virtual Desktop. The package included a Linux version of Documents Synchronizer. Operating system, applications and user data were automatically updated in the background, with no user interaction.[8][9][10]

Ulteo Virtual Desktop, also released in 2008, was a distribution of Linux applications and a coLinux kernel, which allows Linux applications to run on a Windows system. It thus provided the Ulteo Virtual Desktop experience without requiring an Internet connection. [7]


Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) is an open-source Application Delivery and Virtual Desktop infrastructure project that can deliver applications or a desktop hosted on a Linux or Windows server to end users. It comes as a set of software packages which can be installed on a standard Linux distribution (Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Redhat Enterprise Linux). Some modules can also be installed on Windows.

Ulteo OVD is an open source alternative to Citrix and VMware solutions and, as of June 2012, the only presentation virtualization solution supporting both Linux and Windows applications.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b LaMonica, Martin (11 December 2007). "Ulteo brings OpenOffice to Web browser". News. CNET. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  2. ^ Upfold, Peter (28 March 2008). "Ulteo Application System Beta 1 - the FOSSwire review". FOSSwire. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b Ruecker, Scott (12 December 2007). "Ulteo and OpenOffice.org Announce Partnership". LXer. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Open World Forum Presents Open Innovation Awards to Five Groundbreaking Open Source Start-Ups". Open World Forum. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  5. ^ Linder, Brad (12 December 2007). "Run OpenOffice.org in a web browser, no installation necessary". Switched Downloadsquad. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  6. ^ Weiss, Todd R. (13 December 2007). "No download needed: OpenOffice beta as a Web app". InfoWorld. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Sheinberg, Brian (27 May 2008). "Ulteo Virtual Desktop: Letting Linux Do Windows". CRN. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  8. ^ Shoemaker, Kristin (22 April 2008). "Ulteo releases Linux desktop; bent on world domination". Switched. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  9. ^ Ulteo Application System is innovative, easy, and a little buggy | Linux.com | The source of Linux information
  10. ^ Ulteo offers server based computing solution for Linux desktops, apps | ZDNet
  11. ^ Norman, Mike (25 June 2012). "Ulteo OVD 3 – Open Source Remote Desktop". The Virtualization Practice. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  12. ^ Lai, Eric (3 February 2010). "Linux, Windows or both? Doesn't matter to virtual desktop vendor Ulteo". Computerworld. Retrieved 16 July 2013.

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