A GNOME-based Desktop on Demand

Desktop on Demand (DOD) is the latest contender to give users a full-fledged remote desktop instead of Web-based applications to help users to stay productive when they are on the move. Similar to Ulteo (which we reviewed not long ago), DOD gives you a full-blown remote Linux-based desktop -- but that's where the similarity ends. Unlike Ulteo, which is based on the VNC protocol and runs entirely in the browser using a Java-based applet, DOD employs the NoMachine NX technology for accessing the remote desktop.

To connect to your DOD desktop you have to use dedicated client software, which is available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows at DOD's Web site, and requires no installation. This means that you can copy the software to a USB stick and run it on any computer. Although this approach may not seem as straightforward as using a browser, it offers a few important advantages.