Using rdesktop to remotely access window XP from ubuntu/linux

First, install rdesktop if you don’t already have it. rdesktop is a client software for RDP (remote desktop protocol) which is used in various microsoft OS’s.

$ sudo apt-get install rdesktop

Open a terminal and input

$ rdesktop -f -a 16 <ip/domain name>

where -f is for full screen mode and -a is the connection color depth. -a 16 means 16 bits color depth will be used for this connection. These are the two option I used. Other two useful options are -u <username> and -p <password>.

Press Ctrl-Alt-Enter to switch between full screen and window mode.


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