Slow, ineffecient computers are a drag on your business. Users get frustrated, and productivity drops. Support for the native operating systems has lapsed, and your IT staff is constantly attending to their quirks. LEAF OS eliminates the headaches by converting the hardware from a stand-alone computer to a server-driven thin client running current operating systems and applications.
LEAF OS is based on Linux software developed specifically for vSpace Pro Enterprise, creating a secure computing platform that is simple to deploy and manage. Easily migrate from end-of-life operating systems like Windows 7 and give your users powerful desktops that just work
Save your money
Get out of the PC-refresh cycle and put off forced investment in new hardware until is makes sense for you.
Reduce maintenance & simplify
Push configurations and updates via a centralized management platform. All user data is stored on the server, making backups simple.
Securely built on Linux
The fully locked-down Linux platform is secure, protecting users against 3rd party applications and common threats.
Expand USB capabilities
Using drivers on the server opens up extensive peripheral support capabilities for printers, touch screens, and other devices.
Dual monitor support
If your computer has native dual monitor ports, use them both in a dual display setup.
Virtualize with vSpace Pro
Add your older computers with LEAF OS to the vSpace Pro Enterprise environment and run alongside our thin- and sofware-clients, via WiFi or Ethernet.
Revitalize the old computers
- Repurpose X86 and x64 computers to run virtual desktops instead of local operating systems and applications
- Installs in minutes
- Supported by vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition
DELIVER THE LATEST WINDOWS DESKTOP EXPERIENCE
Computers running LEAF OS can deliver virtual desktops from any one of 11 popular Windows operating systems, including Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.
CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT & EXPRESS DEPLOYMENT
Computers running LEAF OS can be easily set up and configured to automatically receive updates from vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition servers. Define device settings, save as templates, and efficiently push out to connected devices. Manage one or hundreds of computers without physical interaction, keeping users up-to-date with the latest technology.
Alternatively, PMC Device Management Software provides a powerful solution to manage all your devices from a browser including LAN and WAN network deployments, locations behind firewalls and NAT-routers.
PMC Device Management is included with your LEAF OS license.
MULTIMEDIA ENHANCEMENT THROUGH NCOMPUTING VCAST STREAMING
Computers running LEAF OS feature the NComputing vCAST Streaming technology which reduces the overall server-side CPU usage for web videos like YouTube or local media content without the need for expensive GPUs. This allows for higher quality media streaming utilizing the network bandwidth without server CPU bottlenecks, thereby supporting more concurrent users per server.
DUAL MONITOR DISPLAY CAPABILITY
LEAF OS provides dual display support for PCs or laptops with secondary display output to provide added screen real estate for increased productivity.
BROAD USB PERIPHERAL SUPPORT
LEAF OS driven computers utilize device drivers from the server to provide extensive peripheral support including mass storage, printers, scanners, smart card readers, headsets, speakers, webcams, signature pads, and COM ports.
Single-touch and multi-touch screens are also supported with a built-in calibration tool.
Licensing requirements for LEAF OS
LEAF OS is compatible with vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition (version 12.3 and above). You can download and try both for free. All of the functionality described here is available in trial mode (limited to 5 10-minute concurrent sessions). To remove the 5 concurrent session limit, you'll need to purchase LEAF OS Software Client licenses based on the number of computers running LEAF OS concurrently. Please note that AMP compliance is required to use vSpace Pro Enterprise. Please see teh FAQ below or contact us for more information.
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LEAF OS FAQ
NComputing LEAF OS is a Linux conversion software that enables the repurposing and extension of life of x86/x64 PCs and laptops. LEAF OS turns an older x86/x64 PC/laptop (with BIOS or UEFI motherboard firmware) into a repurposed high-performance thin client based on the familiar RX300 user interface.
LEAF OS is delivered as a complete software image which can be flashed to a USB pen drive (live boot from USB), or directly to the internal HDD. Once the x86/x64 PC/laptop boots from the connected USB pen drive (with LEAF OS) or from the internal HDD, the x86/x64 device will bring up a familiar RX300 thin client user-interface and act as a NComputing thin client to access vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition.
The hardware requirements of LEAF OS are standard x84 or x64-compatible processor, based on either BIOS or UEFI motherboard firmware with USB boot support.
The system should have at least 2GB RAM and 2GB flash or HDD storage.
LEAF OS is designed and optimized to access virtual desktops hosted by NComputing vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition (version 12.3.0 or higher).
X86/64 devices with LEAF OS will bring up a familiar RX300 thin client user-interface to access vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition.
vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition supports 11 popular Windows operating systems to bring same familiar Windows desktop experience to your users:
- Windows Server 2019
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012 R2 U1
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- MultiPoint Services Role - Windows Server 2016
- Windows MultiPoint Server 2012
- Windows MultiPoint Server 2011
- Windows 10 (64-bit) *
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit) *
- Windows 7 (64-bit) *
* 1:1 VDI SUPPORTED ACCESS CLIENTS
Please refer to the LEAF OS installation instructions here.
The simplest way to install LEAFOS is to start the target PCs/Laptops using a bootable USB stick that runs LEAF OS with the following 2 options:
- Live boot LEAF OS using USB flash memory stick: Your device will boot LEAF OS from the connected USB flash drive. There will be no changes to the PC/laptop’s internal HDD.
- Flash LEAF OS into HDD to boot from: The contents of your device’s HDD will be wiped and flashed with LEAF OS. When you boot the device, LEAF OS will be directly booted from the internal HDD.
For larger installations, a PXE boot server can be set up to boot LEAF OS from a server on a network.
X86/x64 PCs & laptops running LEAF OS can be managed with the following:
- vSpace Console:
- Included in vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition (version 12.3.0 or higher). vSpace Console can manage a subset of the device configurations for LEAF OS including firmware updates, and provided integrated user session management of LEAF OS devices (e.g. Multi-View, remote view, take over, message, stop/pause)
- PMC Device Management:
- For full LEAF OS feature set management, the separate PMC Device Management System must be used. PMC support for LEAF OS devices is scheduled for release in January 2020.
Yes, devices with LEAF OS can be deployed and managed along with other NComputing thin clients using the vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition (version 12.3.0 or newer).
Yes, NComputing will periodically release updates to the LEAF OS software. You can apply the update to your deployed LEAF OS devices using vSpace Console or PMC Device Management System.
By default, vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition provides a LEAF OS trial mode of up to five 10-minute vSpace concurrent sessions. After 10 minutes, the session will be signed out. You can sign-in again to continue evaluating the product.
To remove the five 10-minute vSpace concurrent session limit, LEAF OS Connection Licenses are required based on the number of LEAF OS computers concurrently connected to vSpace Pro Enterprise Edition sessions.
Please note that AMP compliance is required to use vSpace Pro Enterprise.
LEAF OS Connection Licenses are available with the following SKUs:
- LeafOS-SW-1A (1 year)
- LeafOS-SW-3A (3 years)
- LeafOS-SW-5A (5 years)
LEAF OS Connection Licenses can be purchased directly from your NComputing Management Portal account. Alternatively, contact your NComputing authorized partner or reseller.
Once you obtain LEAF OS Connection Licenses you must use the Management Portal to allocate those licenses to your selected vSpace Managers. This is the same process that is required for vSpace Pro Software Client licenses.
LEAF OS software can be downloaded from the software download page.