Thursday, February 14, 2013

TeamViewer 8 for Linux released

Popular remote desktop and video meeting application TeamViewer has updated their applications for Linux, releasing version 8 as stable, and is (of course) now out of beta. The update brings plenty of fixes, and new features. Even though the software is still WINE wrapped, it is one of the most "featureful" updates recently.

One of the most noticeable features of the latest stable TeamViewer for Linux release is that it features a daemon that allows remote computers to be accessed from the login screen, so users no longer have to be logged in to start a TeamViewer session.

I actually haven't gotten a chance to test out this feature yet, but some users are reporting difficulty using the feature. I'm sure TeamViewer is working on a fix, as major media sites have already complained about it. Before you actually use this feature, though, you'll have to set up a password to be used for unattended access to the remote computer.

Here are some additional updates in TeamViewer 8 for Linux:

  • Session recording (both video and sound, however, only the sound from Windows computers is recorded) and playback now works under Linux. This works with both online meetings and remote control sessions. However, converting the TeamViewer video files to other formats like avi, etc., is not available on Linux for now;
  • Session handover from one expert to another;
  • Share selected groups with other TeamViewer accounts;
  • Remote account logout (from the TeamViewer Management Console);
  • A new TeamViewer Management Console (login here) which includes web-based administration of your entire support team, integrated TeamViewer Web Connector and expanded TeamViewer Manager features. The user management feature is not free, but you can try it without buying a TeamViewer license for a limited period of time;
  • Enabled Basic Authentication for proxies;
  • Webcams are now supported for video-streaming during meetings;
  • Instead of four different RPM-packages, there's now one single package for all RPM-based distributions (RedHat, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE); 
  • TeamViewer can now be installed on Multiarch systems (Debian 7, 64-bit)
  • Many bug fixes and improvements
You can download the update right now from the TeamViewer website, and install using the software center or (my favorite way) through the command line.