Originally Posted by Learningone
I would like to set up a remote desktop connection from my xp machine to my linux machine.
From/To can be confusing in this topic.
Do you want to view/control on your Windows system applications that run on the Linux system?
Or do you want to view/control on your Linux system applications that run on the Windows system?
There are several different ways to do each.
One of the simpler and more robust methods is to run a vnc server on the system where the applications will run and a vnc client on the system where the operator, physical display, keyboard and mouse will be.
It is also possible to run a remote desktop program on Linux to connect to Windows via remote desktop protocol (application on the Windows system, user at the Linux system).
There are also several ways to setup remote usage via X client/server. If doing so, be aware X "client", "server" terminology is counter intuitive (reverse of VNC terminology): The X "server" is the end directly used by the operator. The X "client" is the end where the application programs run.
A Linux system with GUI support uses an X client/server model even without any remote usage. So the software is already installed on any Linux GUI system. A few different Windows X "server" programs are available. The one that is part of cygwin is a good choice.