IGEL turns old laptops into thin clients with new software

The company's Universal Desktop Converter 2 software costs $80 per laptop

Thin-client company IGEL Technology can turn a laptop into a thin client with the latest version of its Universal Desktop Converter software.

The growing popularity of wireless networks has given rise to laptop thin clients. But instead of offering its own hardware, IGEL decided to offer software that companies can install on laptops they already have, while also allowing the flexibility to buy ones they want, according to marketing director Frank Lampe.

A license for Universal Desktop Converter 2 costs €59 (US$80), without value-added tax, and turns any x86 laptop into a thin client by installing the latest version of IGEL's customized Linux v5 operating system. The license also includes IGEL's management tool, a combination that helps the company win a lot of deals, Lampe said at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Because the old operating system is replaced, the laptop can exclusively be used to access applications in Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services environments.

Having the freedom to choose the hardware lets companies pick a thin client and notebook combination to meet their specific requirements, including the ability to provide international offices with country-specific keyboards, according to IGEL.

Universal Desktop Converter software can also be used to convert desktops to thin clients.

For enterprises that don't want to get rid of the traditional operating system -- which, for example, is difficult if employees are allowed to bring their own laptops -- IGEL offers the software thin client packaged on a USB stick. In this case, the local hard drive is typically screened off from the user. As a result, malware such as viruses or Trojans are unable to get into the company network directly.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags virtualizationIGEL Technologyhardware systemslaptopscebitdesktop virtualization

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?