I finally got this to work for me;
setup: older laptop running ubuntu 13.10 running standard unity; I have installed cairo dock (which makes it much more usable for me); still not used to the left side app bar;
It would be nice to be able to use my win7 system to rdp into this ubuntu 13.10 so I spent a couple of hours this morning doing research. Here is what I did:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xrdp
or you could use ubuntu software center to install.
The installation appeared to go ok and it appeared that the xrdp service was started ok.
From my win7 box, I opened an rdp window and used the laptop's IP address to get in; a window did open up but just a standard x11 windows screen (cross-hatch pattern with x cursor); no links, icons or menus to use.
More google research. I installed the gnome-session-fallback:
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
$ echo "gnome-session --session=gnome-fallback" > ~/.xsession
This didn't work; I got the same blank screen, but found another URL that suggested another windows session mgr like XFCE, so I installed xubuntu desktop:
$ sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
$ echo "xfce4-session" > ~/.xsession
Don't forget to
sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp restart after all the changes.
This worked. At first, on initial start-up of rdp session, I got the same blank screen but after 10 seconds (probably because I am using a win7 VDI at work from a remote location) up popped a usable xfce xubuntu desktop; not as nice as gnome but very usable.
Hope this info will be useful, as I couldn't get the initial attempts to work for me.