How to Set Up the Remote Desktop in FreeBSD

By Sharon Harp

The operating system FreeBSD can connect to a Windows computer through the Remote Desktop Connection protocol, using the "rdesktop" program. Depending on which version of FreeBSD you have installed, you might or might not have this program installed by default. Regardless, you can download the program from the FreeBSD file servers from within the operating system and run it on your computer.

Step 1

Open the Terminal from the System menu on FreeBSD.

Step 2

Type "su apt-get install rdesktop" and press "Enter." Type in your root password, then press "Enter" to install the Rdesktop program if it isn't already installed.

Step 3

Connect to a remote computer by typing "rdesktop remote_computer" into the Terminal ("remote_computer" is an example of a computer name or IP address you should type in).

Step 4

Press "Enter," then type in the login username and password to log in to the remote computer.