Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 165227
Support for graphics connections from RDP terminals
Last modified: 2008-08-25 12:31:13 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have now been involved in 2 major migration projects where Linux (RHEL3 & 4 specifically) were put on the table against upgrading the corporate Citrix farm.
On both occasions, the Linux migration was beaten due to the high cost of replacing every single dumb terminal. In the RHEL4 instance it was actually remarked that RHEL4 was preferred over Windows/Citrix due to the excellent desktop and application support. But the dumb terminal costs proved the deciding factor in both cases.
Both corporations had bought dumb terminals which supported RDP and ICA only (being the cheapest around).
I filed a bug with X.Org, but I need to garner some support to put behind this kind of development.
If a Linux server could support connections coming from RDP-only dumb terminals, it would remove a major cost in the migration of Citrix farms.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try and get a dumb terminal to connect to a Linux server via RDP
Actual Results: It fails
Expected Results: It would be nice if the RDP connections could be supported. Either through an interface between the RDP connection and the X-client, or by X having a new module that would natively support RDP connections.
I'm not coming from a neutral standpoint here. In both migration examples, I would have been employed as a contractor for around a year instead of the 2 months I got in each case.
I don't request this for my own good however. It's for the greater good of Open Source. I'm sure companies like RedHat would gain from being able to support farms of servers running X sessions.
Now that X.Org has been modularised in version 7.0 - is it not possible to even
have a wee look into this?
I'm not even in a situation that would benefit from RDP support any more. It
just seems obvious to me that supporting installations that already have
hundreds of RDP only terminals would be a good thing.
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