[Thinlinc-announce] The future of RDP in ThinLinc
ossman at cendio.se
Wed Aug 29 12:26:45 CEST 2018
We have some exciting changes going on at Cendio that we'd like to share
with you. ThinLinc has had a long history and we've seen various shifts
in our user base over that time. The last few years things have settled
down and we now see a stable pattern of ThinLinc being used for Linux
desktops and applications.
Moving forward, we will focus even more on this and to deliver the best
possible Linux remote desktop server that we can. However, in order to
do this we need to start shedding some parts of ThinLinc that do not fit
with this goal. The biggest such part is the Windows integration, i.e.
the bundled rdesktop that is currently included with ThinLinc. The
recently released ThinLinc 4.9.0 will be the last version to include
We understand that some of you might be sad to see this part go. But we
strongly believe that we can give you guys so much more with a more
So what does this mean for those of you currently using the Windows
Short term, not much. ThinLinc 4.9.0 was just released and it will
continue to work fine and be supported by us until its end of life in
three years. The next time you upgrade you will need to use a different
RDP client though. Fortunately almost every distribution includes either
rdesktop or FreeRDP (many even have both). So in most cases it will be a
simple matter of installing one of these, and tweaking any shortcuts or
other launchers you have that currently use ThinLinc's tools.
So to be completely clear, connecting to a RDP server from a ThinLinc
session will continue to work just fine. The difference being that the
required parts will have to be downloaded and installed separately.
Several options are also available to provide commercial support for an
RDP client beyond ThinLinc 4.9.0:
- If you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux then support is included
with your operating system support.
- credativ in Germany can offer support for both rdesktop and
FreeRDP on a global basis, as well as any other Open Source software on
- Mutex in New Zealand can also offer support for rdesktop and
FreeRDP on a global basis.
- Your local Linux partner might offer support services for these
Finally support can usually be found from the communities around
rdesktop and FreeRDP, as well as the communities for your distribution
If you have any questions or comments regarding these changes or
anything else, then please get in touch with us. We hope you are as
excited as we are about this and what this will allow us to deliver
Pierre Ossman ThinLinc Product Owner
Cendio AB https://cendio.com
Teknikringen 8 https://twitter.com/ThinLinc
583 30 Linköping https://facebook.com/ThinLinc
Phone: +46-13-214600 https://plus.google.com/+CendioThinLinc
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