Over time, I have received quite a number of questions related to RDP on Linux, a number of them asked frequently, so here’s a page listing answers to Frequently Asked Questions…
1) “Will I be able to reconnect to a desktop session which I left running on my system at <insert location here> ?”
No. Linux RDP does NOT work in the same way as Windows – their methodologies for displaying a Desktop are completely different.
Linux uses Xorg, which creates a Display for each login session. The X11rdp back-end also creates its own Display for each RDP session created.
Each Display is seperate from each other. Any work or programs you run on your native Display, are separate from the RDP sessions.
Create an RDP session at your local target machine (e.g. the one at your office) , and perform all your work inside that session. Then when you’re out of the office, simply reconnect to that target system, with the same bitdepth , width, and height settings you used when you created the session. You will be reconnected to that session, and will be able to carry on whatever work you left running in it.
2) “It didn’t work”
I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you :)
If it’s the article on how to do it manually, then please take into account when it was written, the date of the last change to it, and read the comments.
If it’s the X11rdp-o-matic then, yes there are undoubtedly bugs and things not working – it is an ongoing project after all :)
Lastly, please include ALL pertinent data pertaining to the problem ; it helps if I know the exact distribution you’re using, right down to if it’s a “Server” variant or a “Desktop” variant, and the exact symptoms.
3) “I installed X11rdp-o-Matic and…”
No you did not install X11rdp-o-Matic. You downloaded it and then ran it. This then did all the things necessary to compile and install xrdp and X11rdp, automatically, so that you didn’t have to do it manually.
4) “X11rdp-o-Matic ran fine but I’m having problems with clipboard/sound/crashing/etc….”
Whilst X11rdp-o-Matic managed to compile xrdp and X11rdp, you have more than likely encountered limitations or bugs in xrdp and/or X11rdp. You should consult the xrdp-devel mailing list archives. If you don’t find similar problems and/or solutions, then you should report your problem to those upstream authors on that mailing list.
You can find the mailing list at : https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/xrdp-devel
5) “Ugh! Another one who has EVIL ADVERTS on their site! :( ” / “Asking for Donations!?!? :( “
(Yes I actually got an email about that)
Yah well look, I have to fund the VPS for the web server – I don’t get it for free. Don’t you think all this research & development I do should at least get something other than just gratitude back? :)
I’m all for Open Source and all, but at the end of the day, doing this costs time, effort, and money :)
more to come if and when the need arises….