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Is there an equivalent to Remote Desktop Connection that I can use to remote into my Ubuntu desktop at home from a Windows machine? Preferably this would be free.

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You can try NX-server and client. They have free linux server, and the client is free as well.

3 things I like more in NX than using a normal VNC solution:

  1. It's much faster
  2. You can detach from a session, and keep it open on the server, and restore it later
  3. The connection is encrypted.

Thinks I do not like: nxserver is not opensource.

Compromise: use freenx server on linux (opensource), and nxclient for windows (free as in beer).

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I used today upvote limit, but +1 for motioning NX. It's my favorite solution. – Maciek Sawicki Mar 8 '10 at 21:58
    
Welcome tomorrow :) – Sunny Mar 8 '10 at 22:05
    
+1 for NX, I use it to connect to my work machine :) – Nathan Adams Mar 8 '10 at 22:42
    
O.K. I'm back :) – Maciek Sawicki Mar 9 '10 at 0:04
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can i run graphics apps on the client if I have a graphics card on the client? does NX support this? – iceman Jun 10 '10 at 8:30

You're looking for a VNC-based product.

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Perhaps look for vnc-server in the Ubuntu repos – heavyd Mar 8 '10 at 17:36
    
Or vino which integrates with Gnome. – Jimmy Hedman Mar 8 '10 at 23:12

If you are looking to launch programs from your Windows machine you will need:

Xming (Windows X Server) - http://www.straightrunning.com/XmingNotes/

Putty - http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

And then just SSH to your computer, but in Putty be sure to check the box "forward X11 session". After you have a terminal you should be able to launch programs like:
xlogo
kate

ect

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