rdesktop

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rdesktop
Rdesktop-ON WIN 95.jpg
rdesktop connected to a Windows NT 4 host
Developer(s) rdesktop team
Initial release April 4, 2001; 13 years ago (2001-04-04)
Stable release 1.8.2 / May 20, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-05-20)
Operating system Unix-like
Microsoft Windows[1] (unofficial)
Type Microsoft Remote Desktop Services client
License GPL
Website www.rdesktop.org

rdesktop is an implementation of a client software for Microsoft's proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Rdesktop is free and open-source software, subject to the requirements of the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 3 and is available for Linux and BSD as well as for Microsoft Windows.

As of August 2013, rdesktop implements a large subset of the RDP 5 protocol, including:

  • Bitmap caching
  • File system, audio, serial port and printer port redirection
  • Mappings for most international keyboards
  • Stream compression and encryption
  • Automatic authentication
  • Smartcard support
  • RemoteApp like support called "seamless" mode via SeamlessRDP
  • Network Level Authentication

Still unimplemented are:

  • Client redirection upon reconnect (of disconnected session)[2]
  • Remote Assistance requests
  • USB device redirection

Support for the additional features available in RDP 5.1 and RDP 6 (including multi-head display spanning, window composition and console connection) have not yet been implemented, although some have been officially documented on MSDN.[3]

Use[edit]

Rdesktop is commonly used on desktop Linux installations to connect to Microsoft Windows running Remote Desktop Services. There are many GUI clients, like tsclient, Gnome-RDP and KDE Remote Desktop Connection (KRDC), which are graphical front-ends to rdesktop. The program has also been integrated into several thin client Linux distributions like Thinstation and the PC TSC project, as well as some thin client appliances.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ windows build
  2. ^ http://forums.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5398718
  3. ^ See for example, [1], [2], [3] some documents of RDP 6.0

External links[edit]

  • rdesktop website
  • KRDC - KDE Remote Desktop Connection
  • Gnome-RDP - GNOME front-end for rdesktop
  • xrdp - RDP server for Unix, based on rdesktop
  • CoRD - A native Cocoa interface for the OS X port of rdesktop.
  • properJavaRDP - rdesktop-based Free Java Remote Desktop Connection Client
  • Rdesktop-Win32 - Win32 build of rdesktop