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We are happy to announce that Virtual Distro Dispatcher project is now under a new phase of development! Thanks to NLnet Foundation, that decided to finance the project, we are at work again!

This is the road map:

  • Setting up a new laboratory.
  • Implementing High availability clustering solution.
  • Implementing privacy solution.
  • Implementing web-based GUI.
  • Implementing host-based GUI.
  • Mapping system level to desktop level performance.
  • Dispatching distros over the Internet.
  • Usability tests.

The first two are done. We are now about to start point 3 and 4. More details can be found in this web site. Anyway, feel free to drop us an email if you are interested to know some more!

Virtual Distro Dispatcher (VDD) is a distributed system whose aim is to project virtual, fully operational and multiple operating system instances on terminals in a network. Client terminals can be obsolete PCs or energy saving thin clients (such as mini-ITX) managed by a powerful, multiprocessor (and possibly clustered) central system.
VDD general scheme

Desktops are instantiated on a server and then provided to thin clients on demand across a network. It is possible to define such paradigm as a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution: desktops can be transformed into a cost-effective, scalable and comfortable subscription service.      

VDD gives users the possibility to enjoy their own favourite operating systems, including those that are not Open Source, possibly at the same time, on each single thin client. Thin clients are interfaces to proper and isolated machines, that can be made to measure for whatever need and in whatever number (within server limits, of course). This is completely transparent to users, who, even from an obsolete machine, can select a particular machine with certain characteristics and then do absolutely everything they would do on such a machine as if it was physical and with its defined performance.

Contrary to other systems, like LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) the VDD offers not only the host operating system to thin clients, but projects virtualized guest systems, i.e. fully operational and independent machines.

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