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I'm looking for a way to serve desktop applications (RemoteApp style) to a Chromebook (or other web browser), but running on a Linux server. All of the systems I've come across thus far (XenApp, VMWare HorizonView) are for virtualising Windows apps.

I'm aware I could do this with VNC/RDP for entire desktops, but I'm wanting to only send a single application rather than the whole desktop.


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X11 has been doing this for AGES.

X11 allows for displays to run over the network. This can open the entire desktop or just a single program, and will act like that program were running locally. Security is an issue - usually X forwarding is done over SSH to provide encryption.

Chromebooks do provide some limited support for X forwarding over SSH. You will have to try it and see if it works well for you. This blog post is one example of someone using it on a chromebook:

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I'm looking to run the virtualapps on a chromebook or inside a web-browser. X11 doesn't help me here... – askvictor May 1 '14 at 3:08
@askvictor missed that somehow. Answer revised for chromebooks. – Grant May 1 '14 at 3:16

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