Parallels Client for Linux: The Best Alternative to Citrix Receiver Ubuntu

Citrix Receiver Ubuntu

For people who love security and open-source systems, the Ubuntu Linux operating system is a favorite. According to stat tracker NetMarketShare, Linux usage more than doubled from 1.36% in March 2020 to 2.87% in April 2020. Over the same period, Ubuntu’s market share rose from 0.27% to 1.89%, or a 7x increase. This means that Ubuntu accounts for more than half of the OS market share of all Linux distributions.

Citrix Receiver Ubuntu is an Ubuntu-based client developed by Citrix that enables Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop) users to access corporate applications, desktops and data.

Parallels Client is an alternative to Citrix Receiver Ubuntu. The client component of Parallels Remote Application Server, it supports Ubuntu, among other Debian-based Linux distributions. Parallels Client can also be installed on distributions that make use of the RPM Package Manager, such as Red Hat, Fedora, CENTOS, and Oracle Linux, as well as other Linux distributions.

An Overview of Citrix Receiver Ubuntu

Ubuntu is based on the Debian-derived Linux operating system and is free and popular among IT users. The development of this OS is led by UK-based Canonical Ltd. While the OS is free, the company generates income from professional technical support. One of the key features of Ubuntu is its security; inadvertent changes cannot be executed by inexperienced users. For administrative tasks, a pseudo tool is assigned.

Ubuntu comes with useful features. With the default installation, you get multiple software programs such as Thunderbird, Firefox, LibreOffice, Transmission, Chess, and Sudoku. Being open-source, Ubuntu is a cost-effective option for businesses of all sizes. Using Ubuntu or the Parallels Client, you can turn any device into a thin client to access remote resources.

With Ubuntu, Linux applications behave the same way even when you run them on multiple systems, which makes it portable, durable, and secure. With a separate wine directory, you can ensure that one application will not affect another one on the system. Ubuntu is updated every six months. The latest version is quite user-friendly and doesn’t require too much technical skill. On the downside, Windows users might not be happy with its interface. Hardware support is limited. Modern games don’t play well on Ubuntu. Driver support is not good and neither is the forum support.

Challenges with Citrix Receiver Ubuntu

Citrix Receiver Ubuntu is the client component of Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop (formerly Citrix XenDesktop), which convert Ubuntu devices into a pseudo thin client so that remote Windows sessions can be accessed from them. While Citrix is a popular brand, there are certain challenges with Ubuntu. First, the installation procedure is complex and time-consuming. Second, there are several complaints about errors and issues in the forums. For instance, while using the Oxygen theme, Citrix Receiver crashes several times. Sometimes, only random fragments of Windows are seen. With Unity, Citrix receiver doesn’t start or deliver full-screen mode.

Why Parallels Client for Ubuntu?

To avoid the issues with Citrix Receiver, consider Parallels Client, the best remote application software available for Ubuntu, instead.

Parallels Client is the RDP client component of Parallels Remote Application Server, which is among the best remote application software available on UNIX-based operating systems. It provides reliable and high-performance Windows applications and desktops on Linux-based operating systems. The Parallels Remote Application Server management console with an immediate and synoptic view allows any IT administrator to accomplish complex tasks easily. Intuitive wizards facilitate quick initial setup, allowing IT staff to quickly and easily deploy applications and servers. Parallels Remote Application Server supports continuous availability, resource-based load balancing, universal printing, and unlimited reporting. By centralizing virtual application and desktop control with Remote Application Server, IT staff can offer their teams seamless mobile access while increasing security and reducing IT costs.

Parallels RAS makes the migration process easier with a free migration tool that automates most of Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) use case scenarios. The migration tool extracts settings from Citrix XenApp 6.x into a file that can be imported from Parallels RAS Console. Download Citrix Migration Tool Read more about Citrix Alternative Download the Citrix Migration White Paper Watch a demo video  

How to Install Parallels Client on Ubuntu 

Installation of Parallels Client on Ubuntu Linux 20.04, the latest Ubuntu LTS release, is a straightforward process. To install Parallels Client on Ubuntu Linux, follow the procedure below:

  1. Download the Ubuntu Linux client in .DEB format from here and save it to your PC. For the Single Sign-On version, click here. If you are using another Linux distribution, you can look for the suitable installation file by clicking here and navigating to the Linux tab under the Client Installation File section.
  2. Once downloading is finished, navigate to the directory where you saved the file, then switch to the root user.
  3. Once downloading is finished, open a terminal, then switch to the root user.
    $ su root
  4. Navigate to the directory where you saved the file, then run the following command:
    $ dpkg -1 <filename.deb>
    where filename refers to the installation file name.
    If the installation fails, proceed to Step 5. Otherwise, skip to Step 6.
  5. Try installing the dependencies using the following command:
    $ apt-get –f install
    Upon successful completion, proceed to the next step.
  6. The Client for Linux binaries are now installed under
  7. To run the client, enter the following command:

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