I ran into this old thread when searching for remote desktop on Linux Mint.
Now 4 years later from when it was started, it still seems to be as great an idea as ever. Linux Mint (and probably many/most other) distributions are either desktop oriented or server oriented, with the latter often running no GUI.
Linux Mint is a great distribution and I absolutely love the GUI. It's been also one of only ones that has kept with the old Gnome style. Ubuntu, Fedora and many others have opted for Unity or Gnome 3 with a GUI that seems to be more suitable for small screens and touch pads. I have 26" of screen real estate and don't want to hide icons and shortcuts.
Yet I do have the need for server applications and easy to use administration utils that have a GUI.
Unfortunately LM13 has even dropped some basic functionality such as the remote desktop configuration applet (it needs to be setup manually, though it's pretty easy to do). (I think it was available in LM 9.) Other things that are missing are LVM option in the installer (Ubuntu has it), as well as better Xen hypervisor integration and tools to setup domUs.
I've got a pretty strong PC and would love to use it as a remote desktop server with thin clients. The ideal solution would be an application server combined with VDI. Well, I know this pretty much to ask for, but why not?
Thanks for opening this thread and putting your ideas forward.
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