Setting Up Remote Graphical Desktops on Linux
Dec 20, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There are two popular technologies for running remote graphical
desktops: Virtual Network Computing (VNC) and Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP). VNC uses the Remote FrameBuffer (RFB) protocol.
It's platform-independent and there are open source server and
client applications for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. The RDP was
developed by Microsoft and is the only remote desktop protocol used
by default in Windows.
"At first glance, using VNC due to its open source benefits,
platform-independence, and feature advantages might seem the best.
However, RDP might be the best solution, even on Linux machines, if
your organization is primarily a Microsoft shop. Installing an RDP
server or client on a handful of Linux machines is likely easier
than deploying VNC servers and clients on your entire Windows
"In this tutorial, we'll see how to get RDP support in Linux.
We'll install a RDP server so Windows users can use the native
Remote Desktop Connection client to remotely connect. Then we'll
install an RDP client so Linux users can remotely connect to
Windows, or other Linux machines."