Citrix: are you using it for technical writing or in general, thoughts?

Subject: Citrix: are you using it for technical writing or in general, thoughts?
From: "T. Word Smith" <techwordsmith -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 07:50:34 -0700 (PDT)


On another list, someone asked about Citrix. Being the
curious sort, I checked it out (the guy who brought it
up usually gets into good stuff, so if he's poking
around it pays to take interest).

>From what I gather, Citrix lets you host applications
on a server or group of servers and folks use a Web
interface to access those applications over a WAN,
sometimes a wireless one. Thus, Macs, PDAs, etc., can
make use of Windows software because the software is
running on the (presumably Windows) server. (I see
UNIX servers are supported, too.)

As far as I can tell, for graphics, multimedia, etc.,
Citrix uses compression to reduce file transfer times
and, other than that, mostly it's keyboard clicks and
mouse movements that get transmitted. I thought I saw
a claim that it works well with as little as 64k
bandwidth.

The benefits to all of this seem to be ease of
collaboration, ease of communication, reduction in the
IT skills needed to support WAN (wireless and
Internet-based) activities and workgroups that are
distant from each other.

I do something similar now, I remote-desktop (wow,
that's a verb) to another PC wherein resides my
help-authoring tool and, using remote desktop, I
generate my help projects on that remote PC. The data
I use is also on the remote PC (I check it out of my
file-management system for use there ... a whole
'nuther story).

I see no lag in this, and essentially I'm just sending
mouse clicks and keyboard strokes.

So, having thought about all of that, am curious if
anyone is working in a Citrix environment and, if so,
how it works and how it works for technical writing
and help-authoring tools.


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T.

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