memoQ on Linux

As far as I know there is not a native Linux version available of memoQ, but now that I have been running Linux in some form on my desktop computer for more than 17 years, I’m used to this type of situation. memoQ is a great CAT tool that I use for most of my translations, so I have to get it onto my desktop somehow.

Remote desktop

What I have found is, that if I set up another computer, which is running Windows only, I can access memoQ via remote desktop, and get the screen onto the desktop of my Linux computer. This actually works pretty well, when I get all the settings right.

I don’t even have a monitor connected to that extra Windows computer at the moment, which shows, that it’s actually a quite stable setup. Somehow the Linux vs. Windows interface is working well in this case, compared to other horrible cases I’ve seen with other applications.

A second computer

The computer I use for memoQ somehow ended up having more power than my sweet little desktop computer I use as my main computer with Linux. Without a monitor I might as well run it from a storage room, because it makes more noise than my desktop computer.

It might have more computing power, but it also makes more noise, so I stick with the smaller desktop computer on my desk, as my main office computer. After all, it doesn’t take much computing power to run the administrative applications for the translation business itself.

You’ll get far with office programs and a web browser or two. I don’t even think memoQ requires much in terms of hardware, but I might as well throw the best I have at it, since it is a business critical application and it’s running many hours a day.

Linux vs. Windows

The Linux vs. Windows desktop interface is not memoQ specific, but just a general interface between the two operating systems. Any problems in this regard would be a common problem between Linux and Windows, so there’s lots of help available online for debugging.

The program I run on Linux for this is called ‘Remmina’, which is a common program on Linux. On Windows it’s just your everyday Remote Desktop settings you have to set up.
The important thing on Linux is, that you have to install the “RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol” separately, at least on Linux Mint 17. For the resolution setting I choose “Use client resolution”.


It might seem a bit stupid that you have to remote desktop to a second desktop on your desktop, from your main desktop, which is also placed on your desktop, in order to get the right screen displayed, but when you realize, that you can use any computer anywhere in the house, it’s really cool. It’s like you get your own memoQ server, and then I can’t stop dreaming about a private network connection from the nearest computer where I’m at in the world, and back to my memoQ computer.

This is freedom, and a fun way to work!

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