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    Best LINUX for RDP

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    by pcsupportuk ·

    I want to recycle my old PC’s as thin clients. I have some (but not much) knowledge of linux, I have a windows 2003 terminal server and a load of old Pentium 2 desktops and would like to know the best linux distro to use (for old PC’s) and how to configure it to pick up an IP address from DHCP then start an RDP client session to a specific server. This must all happen without user interaction and will preferably drop back to the RDP logon when the user disconnects, I don’t want them getting into the background linux at all.

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    • #3060142

      Reply To: Best LINUX for RDP

      by nico baggus ·

      In reply to Best LINUX for RDP

      Any linux will do.
      Probably Damn Small Linux is enough (+ rdesktop)
      http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=damnsmall

      or a thin client version of linux:
      Thin station:
      http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=thinstation

      K12LTSP:
      http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=k12ltsp

      What you realy need besides Linux + base
      libraries and networking stuff is an X server
      ( X.org or XFree86) and rdesktop.

      For running a rdesktop captive system you just
      need to run dhcp + X + rdesktop and if X or
      rdesktop dies kill and restart both.

      • #3059950

        Reply To: Best LINUX for RDP

        by pcsupportuk ·

        In reply to Reply To: Best LINUX for RDP

        Thanks for the links, I found Thin Station as well and am going to take a good look at it.
        Do I still need X Server if I am RDPing into a Win 2003 Terminal Server?
        What I really need is advice on locking Linux down so that it connects straight to the TS without any user interaction and they don’t go into linux when they disconnect from the TS session.

    • #3070528

      Reply To: Best LINUX for RDP

      by nico baggus ·

      In reply to Best LINUX for RDP

      Yes you need the X server because you need
      something to supply mouse & keybord input to
      rdesktop and you need the output of rdesktop
      show.

      You definitely dont need a session manager
      whatsoever. No KDE, no Gnome, no xflt etc. etc.

      If you make a script like:

      :loop
      startx ….. &
      export DISPLAY=:0.0
      rdesktop -F http://www.linux.com/howtos/Kiosk-HOWTO.shtml

      I haven't done this my self. But the
      instructions seem to be strait forward.
      This kiosk is running mozilla, if you put
      rdesktop in its place it is probably all done.

      Hope this helps.

    • #3068633

      Reply To: Best LINUX for RDP

      by pcsupportuk ·

      In reply to Best LINUX for RDP

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    • #2861082

      PC TSC is probably what you need

      by jonathanbrickman0000 ·

      In reply to Best LINUX for RDP

      This project is probably what you need:

      http://pctsc.ponderworthy.org

      Its purpose is to convert PCs to terminal server clients as easily as possible. Uses Tiny Core Linux as base, with installation and configuration highly automated.

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