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In order to use a remote desktop experience, software engineers have a limited number of options, and most of them are proprietary, like VMWare or Oracle. Remote desktop is a functionality that many engineers use every day, so it is surprising that the open source world has taken awhile to displace the functionality of proprietary software.
In 2010, Mike Jumper started working on Guacamole, a way to access remote desktops through your browser. Over the last six years, Mike has worked continuously to create a simple, open-source software tool to access desktops remotely, and this year Guacamole joined the Apache Incubator and became Apache Guacamole. In this episode, we discuss the past, present, and future of remote desktop, and the technical internals of Apache Guacamole.