Ubuntu by default ships with Terminal Server Client which is a wrapper for rdesktop. While it works I’ve had some issues with it lately:
- Full screen mode tends to take up both my monitors and results in a weird 2000x1000 sort of resolution. That would probably work fine if both my monitors were the same size but they are not (laptop and LCD).
- Lack of resolutions - my main monitor runs at 1680x1050 which is missing from the resolution list. I’m sure I could edit a text file somewhere but it’s 2010 and I don’t want to do that :)
I went looking for a replacement and found Remmina - which bills itself as the GTK+ Remote Desktop Client.
Remmina supports_: _RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH.
My two main issues are solved with Remmina…
- Full screen mode in Remmina can do several things. It can scale to your space or it can provide scroll bars. But both those issues are moot since…
- I can define my own screen resolutions! I defined 1680x1050 and now my RDP session takes up the full screen and I can simple switch to another workspace if I need to work on my local desktop.