Remote Desktop Roundup | LAS 358

Remote Desktop Roundup | LAS 358

We take a look at remote desktop on Linux. We go behind the scenes to see how Linux can be used to remotely support business at scale as well as providing help to family and friends and round up the best solutions.

Plus is SteamOS diverging too far from Debian? LibreOffice has big online plans, Gnome 3.16 is out, tons of Kodi follow up & more!

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— Show Notes: —

Chrome Remote Desktop

  • Relies on Google, scary message when installing on Ubuntu.


  • Great for testing but performance is terrible and requires router configuration. Only seems to work well if client and host are on the same machine (virtual host / guest)


  • Native on Linux and other platforms, has android app, free for personal use, but expensive for business.

Screen Connect

  • Perfect for large support companies, doesn’t really require user to install software. Owner is in control of branding, fraction of the cost of Bomgar

Guacamole — HTML5 Clientless Remote Desktop

  • Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC and RDP.

  • We call it clientless because no plugins or client software are required.

  • Thanks to HTML5, once Guacamole is installed on a server, all you need to access your desktops is a web browser.


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A video of me walking through the computer room (I show a couple of
different things, but feel free to edit it a lot, I have a horrible cold
right now, and this didn’t help especially since the computer room is so
loud and that it was recorded on my phone.

Desktop App Pick


Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travellers, who need to work with lots of remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. Remmina supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistent user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH are supported.

Weekly Spotlight


Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a
small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center. OpenELEC is designed to make your system boot fast, and the install is so easy that anyone can turn a blank PC into a media machine in less than 15 minutes.

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— NEWS —

Welcome LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice has been competing with the two giant companies Microsoft Office and Google docs. Here is another step from this open source community to make LibreOffice in reach of every platforms’ users. LibreOffice has announced the release of LibreOffice Online soon in near future. Open-Source fans are ready to welcome the efforts of The Document Foundation including IceWarp and Collabora Companies.

New SteamOS Beta

Valve has announced earlier today, March 25, the immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta version for its awesome SteamOS Linux operating system for gamers. SteamOS Update 157 has been pushed to the Alchemist Beta channel a few hours ago and the ISO images are now available for download.

Gnome 3.16 Released

Version 3.16 of GNOME, the primary desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems has been released. Some major new features in this release include a overhauled notification system, an updated design of the calendar drop down and support for overlay scrollbars. Also, the grid view in Files has been improved with bigger thumbnail icons, making the appearance more attractive and the rows easier to read. A video is available which demonstrates the new version.

New Ubuntu Phone Flash Sale

Canonical confirmed a few minutes ago on their Twitter and Facebook accounts that a new flash sale of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone will take place tomorrow morning, on March 26, starting 9 AM CET (Central European Time). BQ already started shipping the Ubuntu phones to users from the European Union, so it should arrive quickly this time.






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