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#1 2014-12-14 18:34:56

cyberpsych0sis
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Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

The title says it, I'm looking for your recommendations on a remote desktop program, specifically one that will allow me to use Linux as the client and windows 8 as the server.
I've had no trouble finding tools that will allow windows to act as a client and linux as the server, but I need it the other way around.

What I'm hoping to find:
1. A remote desktop program that allows me to view (full gui) and manipulate my windows 8 computer from my Arch Linux Machine (I have no preference on whether the client is GUI or CLI driven, I'm comfortable figuring out both.)
2. A program that allows copy/paste between client and server
3. Clear Picture (not jittery, or blurred)
4. Smooth (as little lag as possible)

Background:
The laptop I use for school runs on windows 8 (I primarily use onenote and the rest of the office suite), but my primary desktop computer is an Arch Linux system. I would like the ability to work from within Arch to review/create my work and create a backup library for my research notes. Therefore in my mind an RDP seemed like the best/simplest solution to this problem.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

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#2 2014-12-14 18:56:48

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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

I use rdesktop for this purpose.  Install cygwin on the windows box and make use of ssh tunneling for security.


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#3 2014-12-14 19:25:45

cyberpsych0sis
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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

graysky wrote:

I use rdesktop for this purpose.  Install cygwin on the windows box and make use of ssh tunneling for security.

Have you used this on a windows 8 system? I only ask because the Rdesktop homepage doesn't list 8 as being supported.

After doing a little research:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7443 … -windows-8

It seems like linux to windows 8 may not yet be supported?

Last edited by cyberpsych0sis (2014-12-14 19:27:52)

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#4 2014-12-14 19:30:06

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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

No, only tested with version 7.  I will not update my parent's machine to version 8 due to the high crap factor of that release.


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#5 2014-12-14 20:26:56

cyberpsych0sis
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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

graysky wrote:

No, only tested with version 7.  I will not update my parent's machine to version 8 due to the high crap factor of that release.

To each their own. Personally I'm not a fan of any windows systems. but they pretty much have a monopoly level of saturation in most fortune 500 companies so it's a requirement to learn and deal with them for work.

In any case I've found a solution in using Teamviewer. It's a bit bulky but it's got everything I need. Thanks anyway.

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#6 2014-12-15 01:19:19

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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

cyberpsych0sis wrote:

Personally I'm not a fan of any windows systems.

Bingo!

I don't know that it will be any better, but there is freerdp as well.  It is apparently a fork of rdesktop that does a better job at keeping up with the changes in the RDP protocol.

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#7 2014-12-15 07:05:38

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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

cyberpsych0sis wrote:

Have you used this on a windows 8 system? I only ask because the Rdesktop homepage doesn't list 8 as being supported.

After doing a little research:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7443 … -windows-8

It seems like linux to windows 8 may not yet be supported?

From that stackoverflow link:

For those stumbling onto this question:

Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 support RDPv8: (Wikipedia)

Remmina (remmina@sourceforge), implementing FreeRDP (FreeRDP), is able to connect to Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 -- I'm currently using Remmina to successfully connect to a WS2012 machine.


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#8 2014-12-16 19:39:43

cyberpsych0sis
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Re: Remote Desktop Program for Arch to access Windows 8 with full GUI

WonderWoofy wrote:
cyberpsych0sis wrote:

Personally I'm not a fan of any windows systems.

Bingo!

I don't know that it will be any better, but there is freerdp as well.  It is apparently a fork of rdesktop that does a better job at keeping up with the changes in the RDP protocol.

kokoko3k wrote:
cyberpsych0sis wrote:

Have you used this on a windows 8 system? I only ask because the Rdesktop homepage doesn't list 8 as being supported.

After doing a little research:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7443 … -windows-8

It seems like linux to windows 8 may not yet be supported?

From that stackoverflow link:

For those stumbling onto this question:

Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 support RDPv8: (Wikipedia)

Remmina (remmina@sourceforge), implementing FreeRDP (FreeRDP), is able to connect to Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 -- I'm currently using Remmina to successfully connect to a WS2012 machine.

Thanks to both of you for that recommendation, I'll look into it.

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