Remote Desktop (RDP) Working Well!

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by welshblob » Sun May 13, 2012 8:12 am
As I remember there were lots of discussions about using the Pi as a thin client I can confirm rdesktop works great from the default debian install. I'm actually writing this on a rdp session from my Pi to my Win7 box! To install rdesktop all you need to do is from a terminal session;

sudo apt-get install rdesktop

Once installed;

rdesktop {hostname/ip address of Windows machine}

I'm not sure if this is a duplicate but I couldn't find any other postings. This should give schools even more options now just have to come up with a decent bootmanager.

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by felix123 » Wed May 16, 2012 8:01 am
Rob, we're doing this too. :D
I can confirm freerdp works too but the command is kind of tricky
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sudo apt-get install freerdp

But you run it with
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xfreerdp {hostname/ip address of Windows machine}

BTW did you get video/audio (youtube perhaps?) working?
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by welshblob » Wed May 16, 2012 8:07 am
That's great, I must have a play with that too. I didn't do too much but did try a video but it was stuttering as I have always experienced on rdp. I didn't try the audio though or printers for that matter.

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by Stateside » Wed May 16, 2012 10:02 am
A site search for "rdesktop'' brings back 16 results . You may want to let these other people know about your sccess!!
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by felix123 » Wed May 16, 2012 12:31 pm
Let's try something:
Connect to your server using the Remote Desktop Connection on a windows computer. Open Paint. Draw a few curves using the pencil tool.

Now do the same from freerdp on RPi.

The result is that you get smooth lines on the RPi, and jagged edges on the Windows client :!:
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by midgardic » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:38 am
if you want a graphical interface to rdesktop, install grdesktop. I have also rdesktop working of Linux Pcs and been able to print to the local printer. Haven't tried sound as never required it.
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by headbite » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:47 pm
What about sound over remote desktop?
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by richmarks20 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:51 pm
Hi guys, i get "RROR: failed to open display" - any ideas?
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by magicfap » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:07 am
richmarks20. I got the same thing for a while as well. Just in case you haven't figured it out, you have to run xwindows before you can use any sort of remote viewing (of another computer) otherwise there is nothing for it to display within. Start XWindows with "startx" sans quotes and then open LXTerminal from the Accessories Menu. Run rdesktop (or install it with "sudo apt-get install rdesktop" if you dont have it already) with the ip address you want and an optional -f for fullscreen should work great once there is a screen to bind to. Hope this helps. Cheers,

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by dhardingham » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:38 am
I've got rdesktop working, but I can't get any sound redirected to the ALSA drivers. I'm using the Raspberry PI analog sound port, because my HDMI monitor doesn't have any speakers. I know that the sound drivers are working, because I can play videos using omxplayer.

It looks as if Windows is redircting the sound somewhere, but not where I want it to go.
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by jeffjcom » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:27 pm
sudo apt-get install freerdp isn't working on new wheezy-raspbian. I had it installed before :-(
Do we need to add a repository back or something?
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by Lucretia » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:21 pm
I have just been logging into the Pi using ssh -X <username>@<ip> and running X apps over the network. This way I have no need to send huge amounts of data, re VNC across the network.

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by collinssolutions » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:45 pm
can Pi do PC/IP remote communication?
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by rgisme » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:39 pm
Installed rdesktop and freerdp on Raspbian, which conveniently also starts straight into x, but I would like to know how to boot straight into an rdesktop session - ie which script do I have to edit/create in order to load rdesktop automatically on start, immediately after the x-window session itself has started, and what commands do I have to enter there?

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by rgisme » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:43 pm
Well, it's a while since I made this request but no answers, so I'm going to take the liberty of giving it a bump. Someone must know the answer to this? I've seen a You Tube clip where someone has their Pi booting straight into a full-screen remote desktop login page so they did it, but didn't say how :(

I'm using Raspbian. I can get the remote desktop up from a terminal window but I want rdesktop to be launched automatically when X windows has itself started. I have tried editing various file related to starting X to get it to work, but to no avail. Someone out there knows.. please reply if you do.

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by SuvwI » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:53 pm
I also need to start Rdesktop straight after X.
I haven't had chance to try this yet but noticed another post in the forum.

Let me Know how you get on
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by tmccaffery » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:08 pm
I've managed to get it starting right about it starts and can post how if your still having trouble!

what I'm looking for now is a way to lock it, as in users cannot log out and get into the Linux desktop without some form of authentication.
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by jbrowne » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:24 pm
I would like to have the information you have for autostarting the remote desktop session.
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by Jonathongordon » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:24 pm
I am an intern at a school district that is looking to move into this as well as a user profile rather than generic lab sign on using AD any issues percieved ? how does debian and RD work with multiple users a day etc ?
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