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Open Virtual Desktop
In addition to machines running a single dedicated operating system, there is also a "middle ground" in which a single machine can run multiple operating systems simultaneously: a virtual operating system. There are a large range of different sorts of virtual systems which offer the ability to serve applications to users working on different operating systems.
The Open Virtual Desktop allows users to access Linux and Windows applications running on servers through a browser. The user's browser can run on Linux, Windows or Mac OS X. It is available as a free, community supported version or a professionally supported, subscription Enterprise version.
The original developer of the Open Virtual Desktop is Ulteo - a company based in Paris, France - which also provides commercial support. Ulteo was co-founded by Gael Duval who also created Mandriva / Mandrake Linux.