Windows, accessing Linux GUI

You may have used remote desktop to access a remote Windows system from home.

Before discussing the options to access remote Linux GUI sessions,
note that "remote desktop" :

  • is just one of the many connection types to run remote GUI sessions
  • when started, only starts the client side of a connection,
    which also requires a server that needs to:
    • be available, of the same type
    • run
    • allow access
all of which "just works" on remote Windows systems.

It needs more attention for other remote systems such as Linux.

Here are the options to run remote sessions on Linux systems:

Exceed
This requires a permanent connection. In other words, it requires your PC not to reboot during a computation that you may want to run for weeks.
Both single applications and remote desktop sessions are supported.
Xming
This also requires a permanent connection.
Please use plink or putty to tunnel the X11 connection.
Both single applications and remote desktop sessions are supported.
VNC
Connections can be interrupted and resumed. In other words, you may reboot your PC while a remote job is running for a long time.
And your VNC server may run for a long time after the job is finished, so that system administrators do not know for sure whether it is still needed.
A single application instead of a desktop session can be specified in ~/.vnc/xstartup .
xrdp
"The" remote desktop protocol server, to which you can connect using "remote desktop" which is already installed on your Windows PC. This seems easy, but secure connections require either tls which is not ready for use or to setup ssh tunneling (askubuntu, Griffon)
If you like it, you may ask us to start it.
A single application instead of a desktop session can be specified in ~/startwm.sh .
x2go
If you like it, you may ask us to make it available.

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