Using RDP from a Linux client to connect to a Windows desktop
Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:56 PM
Is there actually an option to do that? From my searching around, I have only seen methods for setting up an RDP server on Linux, which can be remotely connected to from Windows. I'm after the other way around. Also do not want to use VNC for this.
What I have now is an older laptop with a dead hard drive. I don't have any 2.5" drives lying around so I can't install anything that won't fit on flash media. I'm not really interested in putting Windows on in any way (whether with a pre-installed environment or whatever) as it couldn't possibly run as well as a barebones Linux distro. So my idea is to install a puny Linux distro on a small-capacity SD card or thumb drive, run RDP on it to connect to my main desktop and be able to do everything I want with all the power of a desktop. My only limitations should be the usual RDP limitations (quirks with drivers, lag, can't play games, etc).
Do you think what I'm after is possible? If so what distro and software would you recommend?
I'm using Opensuse with KDE as the desktop.
The standard client (KRDC) works pretty well for me at work, so you should be able to use pretty much any KDE distro (or Gnome if you want to look for the Gnome client.)
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:19 PM
Pretty sure rdesktop is installed by default, or only a few clicks/commands away on most distros.
Device support/driver compatibility could be an issue, but just give it a go.
Does your main desktop accept remote desktop connections? Not all versions of Windows support it/are licensed for it.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:11 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:11 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:29 PM
Installation size: 1.4MB!!!
Been finding some more handy little ones, namely TinyCore and TinySlitaz. I'm also thinking Damn Small Linux may not be such a good idea due to its datedness. My next smallest SD card after 8MB is 128MB, so I might go with Puppy Linux Racy version. The main version takes 126MB but a formatted 128MB card only has 120MB. The Racy version is about 112MB.
Man, sooo much is going over my head. xorg, gnome-core? Do I need those two as well? I'm assuming they're packages too. Con-fricking-fuzzled.
Looks promising: http://thinstation.org/
I'm just going to list all my options here (yes I'm using this thread/post as a notepad)
Chrome Remote Desktop (Beta): https://chrome.googl...kmpfmihenigjmpp
Damn Small Linux
Puppy Linux with rdesktop
Edited by 17, 23 February 2012 - 07:27 PM.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:49 PM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:51 AM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:29 AM
X handles the devices connected to the system like keys, mouse, screen, etc.
Gnome and kde are windows managers/desktop Environments.
You'll use the x-server on the client to display and interact with the rdp-connected slave.
I'm not much help with remote-networks.
A search term,
Edited by GlennsPref, 06 October 2012 - 11:30 AM.
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