Ticket #8279 (new enhancement)

Opened 12 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

Use FreeRDP instead of rdesktop

Reported by: Sasquatch Owned by:
Component: RDP Version: VirtualBox 4.0.2
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: Linux


In the Linux version, a modified version of rdesktop is included. The rdesktop project has been dead for quite some time now, at least I haven't seen many changes and improvements recently. Even though rdesktop works, freeRDP is more active in development and has more features currently.

I got to this after looking for a better RDP client for Linux than tsclient with rdesktop and found Remmina, which uses freeRDP as backend. FreeRDP can be found at and their SourceForge site It supports most features of the latest Remote Desktop Protocol, works with VRDP since version 0.7.4 (it's currently at 0.8.2, released November 12) and allows you to include new features in VRDP without breaking the shipped VRDP client (rdesktop-vrdp).

Please evaluate this new RDP client and include it in the next major version if you decide to include it.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by frank

Thanks for the hint. We are aware of FreeRDP and will replace rdesktop sooner or later. Though we cannot guarantee that it will be ready for the next major release.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by NeBlackCat

FYI I've been playing with the latest xfreerdp (1.0.1 iirc) on my Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 box, to connect to VRDP-enabled VMs running on a WS2008 server.

There seems to be a problem with audio transmission over VRDP to xfreerdp. The correct command line for this is:

xfreerdp --plugin rdpsnd --data alsa -- of your usual parameters....

Very occasionally, the VM's audio will play. Mostly it does not (always with the same command line). There is no problem with audio when using xfreerdp to connect in the same way to the Windows host (standard Windows RDP session), or with connecting to the VM (with VRDP) using rdesktop or rdesktop-vrdp.

This leads me to suspect a compatibility problem between xfreerdp and Virtualbox's RDP implementation, which affects sound transmission.

Just letting you know. I hope that xfreerdp will be utilised by Virtualbox soon, and that the Oracle devs will speak with its devs to get bumps like this ironed out. I will send the latter a link to this ticket.

Last edited 11 years ago by NeBlackCat (previous) (diff)
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