Android Candy: Goodbye RDP, Hello Chrome Remote Desktop!

Controlling a remote computer is something you're all familiar with. Whether that means RDP to your corporate Windows Server (we don't judge), Apple Remote Desktop (which is really VNC) to your OS X machine or VNC/X11/etc. into your GUI Linux machine, it's always a pain in the rear.

The folks at Google are trying to make it a little easier with Chrome Remote Desktop. It's a combination of Chrome browser app and native binary that runs on your client machines. Once the dæmon is installed, you can access the computer remotely from anywhere, including a really cool Android app. The combination of available platforms is pretty impressive too:

Server platform (what can be controlled):

  • Windows

  • OS X

  • Linux (Beta, Ubuntu/Debian for now)

Client platforms (what can be used to control the systems above):

  • Windows

  • OS X

  • Linux

  • Android

  • iOS (coming soon, supposedly)

Permissions on the dæmon can be customized for controlling your own computer remotely (no local permission required) or for allowing other people in to assist you. The latter is preferred to avoid anyone barging in on your work session. The dæmon is available for Windows and OS X, and recently they released a beta version of the dæmon for Ubuntu/Debian Linux! Thanks to its wonderful cross-platform approach and smooth functionality in our testing, Chrome Remote Desktop earns this month's Editors' Choice award! Check it out today at

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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