Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Remote Desktop

I have been a fan of Serverside computing for ages.

In XIMB and IIIT, we used thin clients using RDP protocol to access a windows server. It works really cool. It reduces our maintenance efforts to a great extent.

I always wondered if a Linux desktop can be shared in a similar fashion.

The common Xserver software available are not very elegant. In any case they do not give you a desktop.

I came across nomachine (http://nomachine.com) which permits a similar functionality as RDP. It has a free version of the software. I have been playing with by installing the server on a Ubuntu Box and the client on a Windows box. The performance is good.

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