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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair
Thu, 25 Sep 2014

With dodgy broadband on dodgy apps via Citrix, I turn to Windows 8

I had a pretty good day yesterday running the dodgy over-Citrix apps I need for my . But when bandwidth is poor and I keep getting disconnected, the only way I can manage to keep working is to run the Citrix apps in Windows (in my case Windows 8, not even 8.1 because that update went pear-shaped when I tried it months ago).

What happens is the bits on my DSL connection stop flowing for a minute or so, and I get disconnected from my Citrix apps. In Windows, there's an option on the Citrix page in my browser to reconnect to my "paused" resources. That option doesn't exist on the web page in Linux. Could it be because I'm using a slightly older version of Citrix Receiver / Wfica / ICA / Whatever the hell it is in Linux?

All I know is that it's a pain in the ass. When I'm on a "strong" networking connection with a ton of bandwidth, this isn't a problem, and I can probably run the Citrix apps in Linux. But with my not-so-great home "broadband," I need the extra cushion of being able to easily reconnect to my Citrix apps in order to stay working.

So that means a Linux-Windows dual-boot, which I've been doing since I first installed Linux on this laptop in the Fedora 18 days, is something I'll have to continue.

So how did Windows 8 perform? I had one hard crash where the screen froze in place. I had to hard-boot the machine. My daughter closed the lid on the laptop, and that was another crash that required a hardware reset (pushing the power button down until the laptop turns off, then restarting with the same button). After the second crash, the CPU didn't seem taxed (I run a CPU/fan monitor utility in Windows to keep an eye on these things.) But the fans were blowing like crazy, and the laptop was very hot.

I'm done with Citrix for the day and back in Fedora 20 / Xfce 4.10 / AMD Catalyst 14.4 via RPM Fusion's F19 packages.