"One of the annoying facts of life for a Linux user is that
one's immediate circle of family and friends know that you are the
most knowledgeable computer user they know and will frequently get
volunteered to get them out of the trouble they got themselves into
with their Windows environment. Having a way to remote-control
their computers can save you a lot of drive time.
"What is RDP?
RDP is a remote access protocol for PCs developed by MS as an
addition to an ITU standard, RDP's purpose is similar to the
popular Open Source VNC protocol.
"Why rdp instead of the better known vnc? The rdp protocol is
encrypted by default - no activation of a second program like
stunnel to provide ssh is necessary. While rdp is a microsoft
extension of an ITU standard, the Linux Open Source rdesktop client
is available to work with it. It also works with Virtualbox. An rdp
server is also built into or available for all Windows versions
from Windows 2000 onward."