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July 15, 2005

Using rdesktop instead of VMWare for client display

Filed under: Linux — cangione @ 11:59 am
One of the things that I've found annoying about using VMWare in Linux is
that you either have to go full screen or you can't utilize the entire
working space of one desktop. You might get close at say 1280X960 but
it is not "perfect".
I tried something last night that I like better.

  1. Set windows client to allow remote connections.
  2. Created
    the following line in a shell script:
rdesktop -g workarea -a
16 -E -D -x l -u "user name" -p "[pass]" [computer name]
The -g option with the special word workarea
sets the client desktop resolution to take up all the area on the
screen except the Linux toolbars. So it fits "perfect". For the rest of
the options read the man page for rdesktop.
The other obvious advantage that I can see to this approach is that if you
run multiple VMs at once you can give each client their own desktop
instead of having to use the VM tabs.

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