Ulteo is a new company that's working towards developing an online desktop that combines office functionality, courtesy of the open-source OpenOffice.org 2.3 office suite, and common Internet services such as e-mail and Web browsing.
The French company was founded by Gael Duval. Duval is well known in Linux circles as the founder of Mandrake, now Mandriva, Linux.
Duval was fired from Mandriva in 2006 after disagreeing with its management over the company's direction.
He immediately started work on his next project, Ulteo.
Ulteo, the software, began life as a Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.
Duval and his partners then decided to transform the project into a Web-based office suite that incorporates elements of both SAAS and a thin-client offering.