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Seamlessly integrate XP into Linux with SeamlessRDP

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.32.107.64] on February 02, 2008 05:11 AM
Having tried to use SeamlessRDP (and VirtualBox) recently I can say that neither really provide a true 'Windows' integration into Linux. The Windows Remote Desktop service required for SeamlessRDP doesn't support screen colors beyond 16 bit so the colors and fonts are not as aesthetically pleasing as they are on Windows. Not a big deal if you only need the occasional Windows app but if you are in it all day, it becomes quite annoying. VirtualBox's seamless mode works better but is still a bit buggy. The last version I tried was 1.5.2 and while it worked well enough, there were problems with the keyboard and mouse between the host and the guest. Also, after I upgraded to Gutsy, the Windows task bar covered the Ubuntu task bar which was very annoying.

Ultimately, again, I ended up back on Windows for work. I attempted to use many Linux/FOSS tools to integrate into my work environment but still failed. The biggest issue for me? Calendar integration. Not e-mail, not office docs but calendar. We use Exchange for e-mail, calendar, etc and the inability to easily see and update my calendar forced me back to Windows. Oh well, I'll try again next year.

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