Friday, December 28, 2007

Seamless Terminal Server (Windows & Linux users)

Christmas gift to fellow niners with Windows and Linux boxes, who are looking for an easy way to access all their Windows applications and remote files when Wine-type solutions fall flat. I've packaged together a set of software components. It provides a seamless terminal solution for Fedora Linux users with capable Windows machines. I've made RPMs for a patched CVS-built rdesktop, included Microsoft's Elevate Power Toy for Vista, Fontis IT's enhanced SeamlessRDP server, and a small tray application and five page Readme wrote by me. Be sure to check the Readme file.

System Requirements:
  • A computer with a version of Windows that encompasses the server component of Terminal Services--Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise. Note: Windows Server 2008 terminal servers are not yet supported.
  • At least one computer with Fedora Linux installed. Although this software is capable of working on other distributions or Unix-like operating systems with a simple re-compile procedure, this particular package is designed to work with 32-bit versions of Fedora and Windows. Re-compiling the SRPM and SeamlessRDP components are necessary for 64-bit machines with 64-bit operating systems.
  • Any sort of network or Internet connection for both the server and client. A simple 56K modem connection would be sufficient. That said, dial-up modem support under Linux is a joke at best; therefore, for most users the only options are wired Ethernet or wireless connectivity. The Terminal Server system may be accessed from a local or wide area network or via the Internet.
Seamless Terminal Server