Anyone aware of an rdesktop *replacement*?

stan gryt2 at
Tue Jun 22 15:12:30 UTC 2010

On Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:29:03 -0400
Chris Kloiber <ckloiber at> wrote:

> Not looking for a wrapper to make it pretty. I need an rdesktop 
> replacement with support for contacting Windows 2008 Datacenter with
> TLS encryption enabled. I've done a bunch of searching, but came up
> empty, not even any proprietary applications. I work at a large web
> hosting provider, and am seeing more and more systems that I have to
> use a Virtual Windows7 instance to manage.

I didn't even know what rdesktop was, so I used rpm -qi rdesktop to
check what the description was, and it seemed to suggest that Citrix
ICA is a replacement.  I didn't follow up on citrix, as I don't have it
installed.  Now that I know I don't need rdesktop, I can remove it too
so the exercise was productive.

rdesktop is an open source client for Windows NT Terminal Server and
Windows 2000 & 2003 Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present the user's NT
desktop. Unlike Citrix ICA, no server extensions are required.

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