Stream your Linux apps with AWS
Nov 18, 2021
Amazon’s cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services (AWS), now supports Linux applications streaming for its AppStream service, which formerly streamed Windows applications. Users may stream individual graphical apps and even entire desktops to a remote PC using either a web browser or the Windows client, which is available in different languages. “With this launch, you can now stream Linux applications and desktops to your users, and greatly lower the total streaming cost by migrating Matlab, Eclipse, Firefox, PuTTY, and other similar applications from Windows to Linux Now AppStream 2.0,” shared AWS. Linux applications that can be streamed
Amazon stated that, while the method is similar, streaming Linux applications is priced at a lower hourly rate and charged on a per-second basis, with no per user cost, making it less costly than streaming Windows apps. AWS touts the advantages of running applications on its streaming service. For example, streaming apps assist to reduce security issues, decouple the application from the base operating system, and save money on upgrading systems to run demanding apps on under-powered hardware. AWS has also confirmed that it will enable customers to stream existing Linux apps from their servers. In a blog post, the company detailed several use cases for the new Linux app streaming functionality. The service may be useful for clients who wish to deliver conventional desktop programs via a software as a service (SaaS) model, which is doubly advantageous for streaming heavy-duty applications like CAD software for designers. The service may also be used to create remote Linux development environments with Python and Docker tools, as well as set up cloud-based learning environments. All AWS Regions that provide AppStream now have new Linux streaming functionality.