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June 06, 2018

RDP with Linux; is this Protocol & Client OS combination a use-case for you?

RDP with Linux

RDP with Linux can be a perfect, affordable remoting protocol and Client operating system (OS) combination for specific VDI/RDSH end users. So, who are the end users this is right for? And, why is this so?

RDP with Linux Clients; who is this right for, and why?

If your IT budget is watchful and your end users don’t really require high-end graphic, video, or audio capabilities, then the combination of using RDP on Linux-based Clients is probably something you may want to consider as a remoting protocol and Client operating system for your use-case. Running RDP with Linux as a VDI/RDSH Client often leverages what’s known as “FreeRDP.” Created and maintained by the open source community and defined as an implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) typically featured in Windows-based operating systems, FreeRDP serves as a really good alternative for task-oriented users when combined with Linux-based Client operating systems.

RDP on Linux

RDP with Linux is great for those task-based computing users like employees in shipping departments, secretaries/administration, repair or maintenance folks, hotel receptionists, and similar occupations. These end users are on shop floors, in warehouses, at front desks, and the like – and simple, basic computer access and capabilities perform well on RDP with Linux as a protocol/OS use-case. These types of workers don’t need computer access all day long every day, and not to a sophisticated degree of functionality. Members of this use-case really only need basic operational applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, some light browsing, minimal network usage, etc. With lower capability expectations and minimal monitor requirements, RDP with Linux is a great value-class VDI/RDSH option and will be less costly to your budget. Although you will need to budget for the right endpoints and anything else related, FreeRDP is not a cost concern at all.

RDP with Linux; who is this not right for, and why?

You may need to consider alternatives with end users who require more than just task-oriented capabilities via a RDP with Linux combination. A Microsoft RDP & Windows OS combination can support a larger set of use-cases, along with higher media capabilities. This can entail 2D workloads, such as multimedia based Video/Web/Unified Communications; also, 3D-based workloads such as CAD, from Full HD or 4K UHD resolutions – not forgetting triple or even quad monitor support for these types of power users. Microsoft RDP is the Microsoft protocol through which remote computer and devices access when running Microsoft RDS (Remote Desktop Services). RDS allows end users to access Desktops and Applications, via either VDI or RDSH based Desktops such as Windows 10 and Server 2016.

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for! In this use-case, you’ll be giving up the luxury of no-cost, open-sourced FreeRDP, and opting instead for Microsoft-based Clients running RDP on Windows 10 IoT. However, you are guaranteed to meet the needs of a power-based use-case. Plus, you will be completely in sync with Microsoft’s development roadmap of RDP, so it’s a fruitful investment. End users of this use-case need to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously, and have enhanced performance demands for multimedia. They have large amounts of video/audio that need to be able to be worked with and handled, in which case Microsoft RDP on a Windows OS is a better fit; and, not RDP with Linux.

RDP with Linux OS ~ Thin & Zero Client devices

At 10ZiG, our customized RDP with Linux and Windows 10 IoT based Thin Client & Zero Client VDI endpoints fit each of these end user requirements; we are highly skilled at matching the needs of VDI endpoint devices to end users’ use-case, providing IT professionals the best and most efficient computing experience for their staffs. We process selected devices and quantities based on your needs and budgets. Our devices are future-proof, allowing for updates/upgrades, without having to fully replace the hardware. Free, no-obligation, VDI endpoint Thin & Zero Client demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and U.K., and “The 10ZiG Manager,” our exclusive centralized management software console with Cloud capabilities at no charge with unlimited end user licenses, are all a part of 10ZiG.

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