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Using RDP from a Linux client to connect to a Windows desktop
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post Feb 23 2012, 12:48 PM
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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?


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Xen
post Feb 23 2012, 01:56 PM
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Atomican
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QUOTE (17 @ Feb 23 2012, 12:48 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?


Hi,

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.)


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lew~
post Feb 23 2012, 02:19 PM
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Atomican
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There's http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ or you could use a LiveCD such as the Ubuntu one.

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.

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CptnChrysler
post Feb 23 2012, 04:11 PM
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Atomican
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Use whichever distro you are most comfortable with. It's not really a distro specific application.
Puppy Linux might be a good choice.
rdesktop clients are available for most disto's.



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post Feb 23 2012, 05:11 PM
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Atomican
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Wow thanks guys I didn't think it would be that easy.

Yeah I've used OpenSuse before so good to know I could always do it from there. Although it looks like I can use any distro :D

Puppy Linux and Damn Small were what I were hoping I could use as well, puppy for it's ease of live booting from thumb drives and damn small for, well, being small. Since I essentially need nothing but this rdesktop thing, looks like Damn Small is the way to go.

I do use Puppy Linux for repairs though.

Is there something called Even Damn Smaller Linux? I have this 8MB SD card laying around and it would be mad to be able to RDP using that. Would the Linux kernel even fit in 8MB? Maybe I can learn Arch and create my own "RDPLinux Distro" that does nothing but that :P

And yeah I can accept rdp connections, tested before from various clients (different PCs, my Android phone using Pocketcloud). Works over internet just fine too. To be honest though, I still don't understand/remember which versions can and can't do what. I recall that only OS's above Home/Home Premium versions could 'do' RDP but which way? I have used both Windows 7 and XP Home/Home Premium editions to connect to my main desktop just fine. Is it the other way around that doesn't work?

Anyway, guess I will get on to Damn Small Linux now. Will let you all know how it goes!


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post Feb 23 2012, 05:29 PM
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Atomican
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WOW if this thing had RDP it would be perfect (Sadly I don't think it does (all the programming-oriented documentation is going over my head): http://www.menuetos.net/index.htm

Installation size: 1.4MB!!!

Edit:
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.

Second edit:
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.

Third edit:
Looks promising: http://thinstation.org/

Fourth edit:
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.google.com/webstore/detail/g...kmpfmihenigjmpp

Damn Small Linux

Fedora

Puppy Linux with rdesktop

Slitaz

Thinstation: http://thinstation.org/

TinyCore

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post Aug 8 2012, 10:23 AM
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I've been using tsclient for a few years, quite like the functionality where it gives you a nautilus/explorer style window with saved connections.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tsclient
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Devilsmurf
post Aug 28 2012, 04:49 PM
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I've never had a problem with rdesktop, and it works a treat.

Puppy Linux with rdesktop would be a winner.

Don't be too off put by a distro's age. Sometimes you need to use older ones to get better mileage out of older hardware.

Linux is very much unlike Windows, where a yearly update brings bug fixes, enhancements, and other good things. Most of the time you look to a new program if you need new features rather than waiting for a program to be updated to have the feature.

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post Aug 30 2012, 12:51 AM
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Atomican
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I've been trying to run Puppy Linux with rdesktop for a while. I've used the distro before and +1 to everyone who's suggested it. Getting used to the 'Linux thought process' is hard but I've found that Puppy is a nice entry point. I've got it running off a CD at the moment, paired with an SD card for memory. When I get more comfortable with things I'm hoping to install Linux Mint on the desktop, then one day delve into the crazy...

Arch OS

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iamthemaxx
post Aug 30 2012, 12:00 PM
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QUOTE (Deserted @ Aug 8 2012, 10:23 AM) *
I've been using tsclient for a few years, quite like the functionality where it gives you a nautilus/explorer style window with saved connections.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tsclient


This, it's too easy not to use.
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GlennsPref
post Oct 6 2012, 11:29 AM
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Atomican
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Hi, you might need an x-server, but you won't need wm's like gnome.

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,

frugal

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