Thinlinc Desktop Client
The Cendio Thinlinc client is a program that gives you a full Unix
desktop on a PC. It is available on all Windows workstations in Open
Area IST labs across campus. It can also be downloaded for Mac,
Windows or Linux from CCL servers at http://umanitoba.ca/ist/systems/unix/thinlinc.html
or from the Cendio web site at http://www.cendio.com.
0. If you have never used the campus Linux system before, you
MUST activate your Linux access using signUM (https://signum.umanitoba.ca)
before proceeding to step 1.
After logging into signUM, choose "Request Access - Request for
Self". Under Categories, select IPA(Unix/Linux Access) and Add to
Cart. Click on the Next button to go to the next page.
Finally, click on Submit to submit your request. You should be able
to login to Linux within 10 min. of saving your settings.
Note: If you have not changed your password
in the last 12 months, be prepared to enter a new password when
logging into signUM. You will not be allowed to proceed until
you have put in a new password.
More information on signUM can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/accounts/signumfaqs.html#howdoiaccess.
1. Login to Windows using your campus userid and password.
(eg. if your email address is email@example.com, your userid
would be umshultz7)
2. Start Thinlinc by choosing Start --> Programs
--> Thinlinc --> Thinlinc Client.
|3. Enter your userid and password
Type in 'ccldesktop.cc.umanitoba.ca' as the server.
ccldesktop redirects you to one of three Linux servers,
mars, venus or jupiter.
Type in your userid and password, and click on "Connect"
Usually, your userid is the part of the email address
before the '@' symbol. eg. umshultz7. However, for many
students, Thinlinc requires your full U of M email address
eg. firstname.lastname@example.org. Use whichever one works as
Your screen will switch to a desktop session running on the
CCL Linux system.
|Three desktop environments are available on
the CCL system.
Since these tutorials assume you are using the Xfce Desktop,
select "Xfce Desktop" in the Thinlinc Welcome menu and click
|4. Switching between Thinlinc and your
By default, your Linux screen fills the entire display. At
any time during your Fullscreen session you can bring up the
Thinlinc menu by pressing F8* at the top of the
keyboard. The menu will pop up. Change to single window mode
by unchecking "Full screen", as shown at right.
Your thinlinc session will now be enclosed in a window,
which can be minimized (_) if you wish to work on
your Windows/Mac screen.
To return to a full-screen session, move your mouse into the
thinlinc window and press F8 again, and check the "Full
*On some keyboards, you may need to hold down
the Fn key, and press F8.
5. Ending your session.
Don't forget to logout from your Linux
Step 1 - Logout from Linux
System --> Log Out. Next, quit Thinlinc.
Step 2 - Logout from Windows
Logout from the Windows workstation.
If you wish to stop working but leave your session running, simply
close the Thinlinc window using the 'X' button. The next time you
run Thinlinc regardless of which computer you are logging in from,
your desktop will reappear with all windows where they were on the
screen. One potential problem is if you move to a computer with a
different screen resolution.Thinlinc will try to resize the screen
to match the resolution of your monitor.
6. Disconnecting from a session, to be resumed later
Often, you are in the middle of a project with lots of windows open
on your screen, but want to stop until a later time. Thinlinc makes
it possible to disconnect from a session and reconnect to that
session later, with everything still on the screen as you left it.
|The best way to ensure that you can reconnect
to a previously disconnected session is to open the Options
menu in the Thinlinc Client, and, under Reconnect Policy,
check the box that says "Always ask how multiple sessions
should be handled.
Now if you wish to disconnect from a session, press F8 and choose
|The next time you log into the host, you will
see a list of sessions currently running on that host.
Choose the session you wish to connect to and click on
1) It is a bad idea to leave a Thinlinc session running permanently.
Idle sessions still take up disk space and system overhead. The best
practice is to logout when you are done, unless you have a
particular reason to disconnect and leave a session running.
2) Some applications should not be run on two sessions
simultaneously. In particular, Firefox and LibreOffice should only
run on one session at a given time.
Downloading the Thinlinc client for your personal computer
You can download Thinlinc for use on your own computer at http://umanitoba.ca/ist/systems/unix/thinlinc.html
Can I log into a specific server using Thinlinc?
Server must be set to ccldesktop.cc.umanitoba.ca. While it may seem
intuitive to choose a specific login host such as
mars.cc.umanitoba.ca, the IST configuration doesn't allow that.
My session was idle for a long time, and now all I see is a
black screen that doesn't respond to the mouse. How can I return
to my session?
Press F8 to get the menu, and choose Disconnect Session. Next, login
using the Thinlinc client. You can choose to connect to your
session, which will be displayed in the Select Session window.
Thinlinc defaults to a different language than the default on my
This problem seems to pop up very rarely on certain Macintosh
systems. The problem is fixed by eliminating other languages from
the MacOSX system menu, as described in Thinlinc bugzilla report
to Remote Unix Desktop