computers suck

oh i wish that citrix would stop changing its product names

Hey Citrix, just quite changing your product names, willya? How are we supposed to find your ^(*(&&*^(&$# plugin if it’s called something different this week from last. At the one place I’ve worked, it was initially called “ICA Client”, then the mysterious “Xen”, and now it’s called bloody “Receiver“. Good word choice there. Not like “receiver” has ever been used for anything else before. Gah!

Anyway, now I’m a bit calm, if you are trying to connect to a Citrix server from OS X Lion, this worked for me: Citrix Receiver for Mac 11.4. Yes, you’ll need to register to download it, which is a royal pain in the bum. And for all of Citrix’s “o we are TEH SEKYOOR and care deeply about ur securitee“, they send your password in plain text, by e-mail. Gits. They should be forced to watch the eye-painting guy video (tnx regretsy) five times for this crime.

I guess my ancient post  When you really haven’t chosen not to trust: Citrix, Mac OS X, and Entrust certificates can get retired now, though it still gets a ton of hits. The vast number of semi-irrelevant links in this post is in no way an attempt to make up for that. Oh no.

computers suck

now it really works

While I said quite early on that I had Ubuntu Feisty running in 64-bit, it wasn’t until today I got things really how I liked it. My earlier Perl problem was due to a broken gcc setup; all is happy now, and all the modules I’ve ever used are built and running as expected.

The one thing I’ll probably never get going is Citrix Metaframe presentation client. There’s no AMD64 package for it. I’m hardly heartbroken, as I still have two machines on which it runs just fine.

computers suck

When you really haven’t chosen not to trust: Citrix, Mac OS X, and Entrust certificates

NB: this article is a few years old, and I haven’t tested any updates since I wrote it. It may still work; who knows?

This is one that the support desk of my employer really should’ve answered, but they gave their usual, “You mentioned Macintosh in your e-mail, so this conversation stops here” response.

Anyway, they’ve just upgraded their Citrix access, and what used to work now gives the rather cruddy response:

SSL Error 0: You have not chosen to trust

Just what SSL Error 0: You have not chosen to trust “ Secure Server Certification Authority”,the issuer of the server’s security certificate. Error number: 183 is supposed to mean to anyone, I don’t know. (Well, actually, I do know, but in rants like this it’s customary to feign ignorance in a huffy manner. Work with me here, people.)

So, to fix this:

  1. Make sure that Citrix ICA Client is installed
  2. Go to and click on Download Root Certificates
  3. Select Personal Use, and click on Download Certificates
  4. Download entrust_ssl_ca.cer and entrust_ssl_ca.der to your desktop
  5. Open a terminal (it’s in Applications/Utilities), and enter the following:
    cd /Applications/Citrix\ ICA\ Client/keystore/cacerts/
    cp -p ~/Desktop/entrust_ssl_ca.* .
    ln -s entrust_ssl_ca.cer entrust_ssl_ca.crt
  6. Exit the terminal, and try your Citrix session again.

There might be some unnecessary steps there, and this might all be fixed by downloading the latest release of the ICA client, but this works for me now.