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I would like to be able to view multiple remote desktops at the same time. All the machines are running Debian. Ideally, if I could get the view on a windows machine that would be perfect. However, if the solution is only for a Debian, that would also be ok.

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You can instal xrdp (sudo apt-get install xrdp) on the remote machines.

You can view it on windows using the regular RDP client and on Linux you can install a XRDP client like Remmina for example (it's in Ubuntu repo, not sure in Debian) (apt-get install remmina)

remmina site

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Why go to the trouble/expense of a MSWidows client? Using vnc or nx you can do it with all sorts of clients. With xnest you don't even need custom server software. Indeed unless you explicitly want to to get access to the desktop on the remote machines rather than just displaying their windows locally, the X window system was explicitly designed with this in mind. – symcbean Dec 23 '12 at 22:59
@laurent thanks for the answer. I gave it a spin. It does work, but it launches another instance of the desktop (lxde). Is there a way to go into the "current" desktop? – Scoop Dec 23 '12 at 23:02
@symcbean Because it's OP wish to view it in windows if possible. Anyways, xrdp is a lot easier and smaller than nx and it works a lot better than vnc and nx in my experience. (as far as last time I tested, nx didn't work with unity in ubuntu and is a lot slower than xrdp) – laurent Dec 23 '12 at 23:03
@Scoop I don't know any way to go to the current desktop because you make a new login but there may be one... on Ubuntu there is a desktop viewer that shows the current desktop to another ubuntu machine. Maybe there is something similiar in debian? – laurent Dec 23 '12 at 23:04
@symcbean what is the difference between xrdp, tightnvc, and x11vnc? – Scoop Dec 23 '12 at 23:06

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