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I have been looking for a fast, well supported VNC or remote desktop application to view my windows machine desktop from my ubuntu laptop. Any suggestions for me?

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You can use the default VNC client for Ubuntu: Remmina

Just type VNC or remmina in the dash to start it:

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Note: It's installed by default since 12.04.

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I've always used KRDC. It just works.

sudo apt install krdc
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  • The other suggestions didn't work on 14.04 LTS. This one is great. Thanks. – James Roth Dec 8 '15 at 18:16
  • This one is so awesome! Everything works! This is the true tool of a remote worker. – Marcel Valdez Orozco Mar 9 '19 at 7:17
  • I'd only ever used Remmina. It works, but was sometimes a bit frustrating to set up. KRDC is amazingly simple. Thank you. – McHobbes Jun 19 at 15:51
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Vinagre is now the default client in ubuntu. I had issues with remmina in fullscreen mode, vinagre works as a charm.

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    No, vinagre is not the default per se. It depends on the desktop in use. It might be on Gnome and or Unity but it's not on KDE. – wie5Ooma Aug 4 '15 at 20:57
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    If you install ubuntu and not kubuntu/lubuntu/xubuntu/etc. , then it comes by default. – Yalok Iy Aug 16 '15 at 13:35
  • I had some troubles with strange Alt keys sent to the host using KRDC, after a quick try, Vinagre seems to solve most of them so far! – tobiasBora Dec 18 '19 at 19:52
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Some Free/Libre software supporting VNC/RFB protocol or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP):

VirtualBox has a built-in vRDP protocol that can be used to access GNU/Linux remote desktops (Linux distro usually lacks a RDP server). The vRDP protocol is compatible with all RDP clients. However, the proprietary VirtualBox Extension Pack is required.

See also this good comparison of remote desktop software (Wikipedia).

TechRadar has also published an interesting article on this purpose:

https://www.techradar.com/news/5-of-the-best-linux-remote-desktop-clients

Best Linux remote desktop clients: Top 5 RDC in 2018
By Mayank Sharma, January 2018
We cover all the ins-and-outs of remote viewing

Remote control features

  • TigerVNC   3/5
  • RealVNC 4/5   Top
  • Remmina   4/5   Top
  • Vinagre   3/5
  • TightVNC 3/5

Multimedia performance

  • TigerVNC   4/5   Top
  • RealVNC 4/5   Top
  • Remmina   3/5
  • Vinagre   4/5   Top
  • TightVNC 2/5

Interface and usability

  • TigerVNC   3/5
  • RealVNC 3/5
  • Remmina   3/5
  • Vinagre   3/5
  • TightVNC 3/5

Documentation and support

  • TigerVNC   2/5
  • RealVNC 5/5   Top
  • Remmina   3/5
  • Vinagre   2/5
  • TightVNC 2/5

Server and protocol support

  • TigerVNC   2/5
  • RealVNC 4/5   Top
  • Remmina   3/5
  • Vinagre   3/5
  • TightVNC 1/5

Configurable parameters

  • TigerVNC   2/5
  • RealVNC 4/5   Top
  • Remmina   3/5
  • Vinagre   2/5
  • TightVNC 2/5

Connection flexibility

  • TigerVNC   4/5   Top
  • RealVNC 3/5
  • Remmina   4/5   Top
  • Vinagre   2/5
  • TightVNC 4/5   Top

Final verdict

  • TigerVNC   5/5   Open source credentials and performance
  • RealVNC4/5   Remote desktop access on the Raspberry Pi
  • Remmina   3/5   Multi-protocol remote desktop client
  • Vinagre   3/5   Lacks the control offered by its peers
  • TightVNC2/5   Focus on Windows platforms
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Best for me is TightVnc - java client to view remote desktop for any vnc server. You can download directly: http://www.tightvnc.com/download-old.php or sudo apt-get install tightvnc and then jtightvncviewer - command line start

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    Best for you, why? That would be a more helpful answer. – Dan Dascalescu Jul 5 '19 at 6:32

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