I followed the directions to install xRDP from this site (http://ajmatson.net/wordpress/2014/01/install-xrdp-remote-desktop-to-centos-6-5/)

When I RDP from Windows -> Linux, I successfully enter username/password, but then I get an empty desktop. It shows the desktop wallpaper (not actually my wallpaper either -- looks like the default wallpaper for XFCE/CentOS)

I'm not sure what I should be seeing at this point. It doesn't matter if I am already logged in interactively or not. (BTW -- Should I be seeing a new desktop or the same one that I'm logged in with? I imagine that is configurable anyhow.)


I confirmed that I am indeed seeing Gnome (The gnome-session command is running) when I login to XRDP instead of startxfce4. From some searching around, this may be realated to to be a bug in Centos 6.5 wherein CentOS had some code changed that normally would have read from the user's .xsession or .Xclients file. However, I compared the 6.4 and the 6.5 file and I'm not seeing a difference.

Furthermore, this doesn't entirely explain everything. It's probably OK if Gnome runs instead of XFCE, but why no panels, menus, can't right click, etc?

I experimented with making adjustments to files like the startwm.sh file and the scripts in xinit. This yielded some fruit -- I was able to see a new XFCE desktop, but the adjustments I made seem to be incomplete because the .bashrc file and related scripts failed to execute and it feels hacky.

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When using XRDP you'll typically see a new desktop. If you want to see your existing desktop you'll need to reconfigure things via the configuration files provided by XRDP or use VNC.

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