Splashtop Linux Streamer Offers Useful Streaming, Remote Access with Ubuntu

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 29, 2012

Splashtop, which is especially well-known to many people for its history of letting users run a lightweight version of Linux alongside other operating systems, has a new spin on streaming with Slashtop Streamer for Linux.  Splashtop Streamer is an audio-video streaming server, enabling remote access to a computer from an Android device (tablet/phone) or an iOS device (iPad/iPhone/iPod). You can connect within a Local Area Network or through a cross-network or Internet connection. You can use Splashtop Streamer for Linux in conjunction with Splashtop 2 to connect to a remote computer running Ubuntu to use Linux applications and access their data.

"Splashtop has been an active member of the Linux Foundation for several years now," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, in a statement. "With the company’s latest work on remote desktop streamer software for Linux, Splashtop is demonstrating its understanding of and support and collaboration with the Linux user community.”

"Splashtop's remote desktop software is an innovative product, and we welcome it into the Ubuntu Software Center," said Stephane Verdy, Product Manager at Canonical, in a statement. "We believe that the Ubuntu community will not only embrace the product as users, but also combine it with other software to come up with creative mobile solutions for business and play."

According to Splashtop's announcement, there are a number of expected users for the remote desktop software:  1) Linux system administrators, many of whom use Ubuntu to manage their networks, 2) Linux gamers, who are overwhelmingly passionate and tech-savvy computer users, and 3) general desktop and workstation users of Ubuntu who tend to own Android devices and other client platforms supported by Splashtop.

This new version of Splashtop Streamer can be used for streaming music and watching online videos. The Ubuntu version of Splashtop Streamer allows the fine-tuning of the video frame rate and setting of port numbers through manual editing of a configuration file, which is not available in the Mac or the Windows version of Splashtop Streamer.

You can find much more information here, and watch a video illustrating how the streaming and remote access works with Ubuntu here--worth watching, especially if you use Ubuntu. Finally, The Linux Foundation has an in-depth discussion that you can get here, which notes that "Linux users will now have a high-performance remote access solution that’s 10X faster than traditional VNC."