The Remote Desktop Protocol, which has a long and colorful history. I much prefer it over VNC due to its vastly superior performance and extra features.


  • CoRD, my favorite Mac client since 2009 or so
  • rdpwrap, a library wrapper to enable multiple connections on multiple Windows versions
  • FreeRDP, the currently best maintained OSS implementation, which includes a DirectFB client
  • rdesktop, the old classic
  • X11RDP-o-Matic, an automated installer to set up a native RDP server
  • Guacamole, a Java gateway for HTML5 clients
  • FreeRDP WebConnect, a C++ gateway for HTML5 clients
  • rdpy, a set of Python tools to access RDP servers

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