GoToMac? Citrix to offer Mac Version?

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CBROnline is reporting that Citrix Systems' software division is considering a Mac counterpart to their popular GoToMyPC software utility.

GoToMyPC allows users to access their Windows PCs remotely. While several similar solutions exist for the Mac -- including Apple's own Remote Desktop -- Citrix's version allows users to remotely access their computers via a web-based client. This allows access from most web-enabled platforms including Mac and Linux PCs.

Regardless, increased interest in the Mac platform by developers can only be seen as a good sign.
 

narco

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I always hear this advertised on a local talk radio station. The "Tech guy" Leo Laporte on a local radio station (I know he does TV as well) is a known Mac-user, and always talks about this service. I assumed it was Mac compatible, but the website said otherwise. Glad to know it's in the works -- I'd love to not be confined to my computer -- there always seems to be a major problem the second I choose to step out of the "office."

Fishes,
narco.
 

Doctor Q

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gotomymac.com still goes to gotomypc.com. As the CBROnline story points out, Citrix owns both domain names.
 

j_maddison

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This is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who votes this as a negative needs their heads read. What an amazing step forward for macs!! Now less of us will have to use wintel lappies for work! hoorah!

jay
 

orion123

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This allows access from most web-enabled platforms including Mac and Linux PCs.
I would hope and assume you'd be able to access your Mac through a Web client on a PC as well. With Citrix you can currently access a remote PC via the Mac so it would be great if this lets you go the other way!

(Go Citrix!)
 

ChrisBrightwell

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Most VNC servers out there have Java applet interfaces available to them, as well as clients on damn near any platform out there.

I fail to see the signicance of this, aside from the "w00t for new developers!" factor.
 

Yebot

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What is most significant, IMO, is that GoToMyPC/GoToMyMac uses http(s). So, you can get through firewalls/proxies etc without having your IT staff open up ports for VNC.
 

FoxyKaye

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I've used the PC version before and it works great. Looking forward to a Mac version.
I'm not - every release of the PC version of Citrix has been a disaster at three different organizations I've worked at whose IT departments implemented it for various reasons.


ChrisBrightwell said:
I fail to see the signicance of this, aside from the "w00t for new developers!" factor.
Agreed - It's always nice to see new developers on board with OS X, but there's folks much higher on my wish-list than Citrix.
 

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ChrisBrightwell said:
I fail to see the signicance of this, aside from the "w00t for new developers!" factor.
Here's another plus: Having Citrix support for Macs on the server side will add to the acceptance of Macs in corporate environments. It's more of a mindset issue than a technical one.
 

Dippo

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ChrisBrightwell said:
Most VNC servers out there have Java applet interfaces available to them, as well as clients on damn near any platform out there.

I fail to see the signicance of this, aside from the "w00t for new developers!" factor.

Unless of course you have a stupid dynamic IP address that seems to change every couple hours!!!
 

Steamboatwillie

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Dippo said:
Unless of course you have a stupid dynamic IP address that seems to change every couple hours!!!
Dnsart, Dynip, NoIP, etc + a SSH tunnel & VNC. A little leg work up front but works great. I do it all the time. Secure & Reliable.

:cool:
 

iMeowbot

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Steamboatwillie said:
Dnsart, Dynip, NoIP, etc + a SSH tunnel & VNC. A little leg work up front but works great. I do it all the time. Secure & Reliable.

:cool:
Some corporations have been disabling outbound ssh connections through their proxies, so that solution no longer always works :mad: (and the solution one endorses, an SSH tunnel service over HTTP kind of like gotomypc imaginatively called ssh-tunnel.com, has only offered a Windows client. :mad: :mad: )
 

Thirteenva

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FoxyKaye said:
I'm not - every release of the PC version of Citrix has been a disaster at three different organizations I've worked at whose IT departments implemented it for various reasons.



Agreed - It's always nice to see new developers on board with OS X, but there's folks much higher on my wish-list than Citrix.

You're confusing Citrix with GoToMyPC. While the company Citrix owns GoToMyPC it is not related to the Citrix mainframe/thin client system commonly used in corporate environments. GoToMyPC was not even developed by them, Citrix purchased GoToMyPC about a year ago. The product is AMAZING, we use it here for the PCs and it is much, much, much better than VNC (which i currently use on my macs). I'd be the first customer when they release it.
 

Eric_Z

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Now if only Minitab could allso be ported to OSX... Then I'd know quite a few people that could be persuaded to swich,.
 

Object-X

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Love it

I was actually impressed with GoToMyPC when I needed to use it once. It worked far better than I expected. The fact that they are porting it to OS X is a very good sign indeed. Apple's marketshare is on the rise and if companies like this think there is money to be made all the better for us.
 

Steamboatwillie

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iMeowbot said:
Some corporations have been disabling outbound ssh connections through their proxies, so that solution no longer always works :mad: (and the solution one endorses, an SSH tunnel service over HTTP kind of like gotomypc imaginatively called ssh-tunnel.com, has only offered a Windows client. :mad: :mad: )
Yup, I am familiar with that, my solution was to mix up port forwarding on my firewall at home. For example I could use a common port like 80 (incoming) to translate to port 22 on a specific box on my lan at home. Works like a charm. We have a Cisco PIX firewall at work that is locked down like a vice. Doesn't stop me though! :D
 

nagromme

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How much does it cost on PC? I can see occasional uses for it. (If/when I decide to spend what broadband costs.)
 

accelman

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Anyone notice...

Did anyone notice that on gotomypc.com, in their demos, the monitor shown in the videos is a mac monitor (although, I must say, I don't recognize it...) --- look for the apple logo at the top.
 

yellow

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accelman said:
Did anyone notice that on gotomypc.com, in their demos, the monitor shown in the videos is a mac monitor (although, I must say, I don't recognize it...) --- look for the apple logo at the top.
Hey.... that's a Powerbook G3 screen, if I'm not mistaken. Good catch.

Edit: not ridiculous at all!