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[WebTop] rDesktop 1.7.0 for WebTop

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9th July 2011, 07:43 PM   |  #1  
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rDesktop 1.7.0
What is rDesktop?
rDesktop is a terminal services client for Linux - it will allow you to connect to a terminal services session of any Windows machine with Remote Desktop enabled.

This is a newer release of rDesktop than is available in the Debian repos.

Prerequisites
  • Access to a terminal from WebTop
  • A small amount of Linux shell knowledge

Usage
  • Copy the attached binary to somewhere on your device (I suggest /usr/bin, or somewhere else on your PATH)
  • Open a terminal
  • Enter the following:
    Code:
    rdesktop -g workarea -a16 -z -xm -P -0 <server>
    You can use the following switches:
    • -g workarea - sets the window size to the desktop size
    • -f - makes the session fullscreen (ie. on top of all current chrome)
    • -a16 - sets 16bit colour depth (valid values are 8, 15, 16 and 24)
    • -z - enables compression (leave this enabled!)
    • -xm - sets the 'experience' level to 'modem' (valid values are modem, broadband or LAN)
    • -0 - causes you to be logged in to the console session (same as the /admin switch for mstsc)

I've found this to be invaluable for getting onto my desktop and servers at work. Now to see if I can get rid of that bloody awful Avant Window Manager and just use FluxBox
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9th July 2011, 10:00 PM   |  #2  
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I don't have a lapdock, but its compiled for arm/tegra?

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GUI support?
I know rdesktop is only terminal based, but is there a sort of add-on to it that allows for a graphical representation of the screen, much like rdp clients in the Android market? that would be far more useful for my purposes, although this is a great step in that direction.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by paravorheim

I know rdesktop is only terminal based, but is there a sort of add-on to it that allows for a graphical representation of the screen, much like rdp clients in the Android market? that would be far more useful for my purposes, although this is a great step in that direction.

An easy solution is to simply create a shell script and then specify the server.

EG: ./rdp.sh <server>

Much prettier than having to type all the strings.
11th July 2011, 11:38 PM   |  #5  
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Originally Posted by paravorheim

I know rdesktop is only terminal based, but is there a sort of add-on to it that allows for a graphical representation of the screen

grdesktop is a graphical front end. It works on hacked webtops such as webtop2sd or the debian chroot mod.
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grdesktop is a graphical front end. It works on hacked webtops such as webtop2sd or the debian chroot mod.

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Originally Posted by Mgamerz

I don't have a lapdock, but its compiled for arm/tegra?

Yes, it was compiled on the Atrix itself (that took a while...).
I use the chroot method on my atrix (I like keeping things seperate!), so this is probably only useful for those of us based on Debian (don't know what version is currently in the ubuntu repos)

The grdesktop package from the debian repos will work just fine with this binary.

I might even start a repo just for webtop... anyone think that would be useful?
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Originally Posted by FallenAngelUK

Yes, it was compiled on the Atrix itself (that took a while...).
I use the chroot method on my atrix (I like keeping things seperate!), so this is probably only useful for those of us based on Debian (don't know what version is currently in the ubuntu repos)

The grdesktop package from the debian repos will work just fine with this binary.

I might even start a repo just for webtop... anyone think that would be useful?

That would be very useful, actually. Although I'm terrible at using Unix OSes and terminals in general haha.
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this is awesome..almost as good as citrix xendesktop...who needs that though when this works so very well...one question did you get your sound working on the lapdock? when i try to enable sound via -r sound:local it says driver not found or smething like that..basically no matter what settings i use even via the gui tools or the cli..i get the same error and no sound....is there any way to get the sound to work?
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If you're using the chroot method, it may be that you need to add some packages.

I haven't tried it myself, but I remember seeing a thread somewhere related to getting RythmBox working - this involved sorting out some missing audio-related stuff.

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