Is there any RDP clients i can boot from a pendrive, what I means is have Linux that boots up and is only a RDPclient nothing else, like no desktop etc.

  • I don't think any exist like that out of the box. Are you against rolling your own?
    – mrduclaw
    Dec 26, 2009 at 13:42

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What you are looking for is a Thin Client, that is what I've seen them refered to across multiple projects and people like HP who sell machines with this.

Any Linux OS that will run / fit on a pen drive will be able to do this. And there are lot of tutorials to do this with your favorite distribution. You can even set it up so that a basic X11 loads with rdesktop already connecting and maximized to the window.

Here is a Linux Pendrive site - Here is a neat project LTSP, it runs a linux over a network machine. And here is a project that seems to do exactly what you want (along with some other remote protocols) Thinstation

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    Thanks, thinstation is exactly what I'm looking for. A little bit of a side note, is there a way to browse the internet on the local machine, so that things like videos are normal quality?
    – Jonathan.
    Dec 26, 2009 at 18:30
  • Yes, they have a Firefox 3 package for thinkstation 2.x. It was posted as a news item on May 11,09. Dec 27, 2009 at 14:47

Why not use any of the many tiny Linuxes (e.g. Puppy Linux) and just run RDP?

If you prefer to roll your own distro, this tutorial may be helpful.

You may also want to look at the highly-customizable Arch Linux.


I don't think such a distribution currently exists, but you could make one with the numerous tools available. Any one of the tiny distributions such as DSL can be fitted with a remote desktop client.

what I means is have Linux that boots up and is only a RDPclient nothing else, like no desktop etc.

If you want graphics you'll have to have X installed at minimum.

Check out this other Superuser question "Easiest linux distro creation" for information on how to roll your own.


Try this:


It's exactly what you asked for :-)

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