Running remmina on Windows

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Our beloved Remminer Lewis Donofrio’ working station.

Many Remminers, forced by their (inquisitors) employers, probably under torture, to use Microsoft Windows, they come to us asking for a Remmina version for Windows.

Too bad, this is not yet possible as Remmina still depends on many Gtk+/Gdk functions that are not available on Microsoft Windows and for which we would have to rewrite a good amount of code.

End of the story? Obviously not, otherwise this post wouldn’t even exist.

One of our beloved Remminers, Lewis Donofrio, teaches how to live happily and confortable in a Windows environment, and of course, with Remmina.

Lewis spent endless days and nights, well maybe not that much ;-) , to install a full Ubuntu with Windows System for Linux, and he uses Remmina as one of his main tools to administers a good amount of servers.

For those of y’all who do not know what Linux Subsystem for Windows is, Wikipedia comes to our help:

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer for running Linux binary executables (in ELF format) natively on Windows . WSL provides a Linux-compatible kernel interface developed by Microsoft (containing no Linux kernel code), which can then run a GNU userland on top of it, such as that of Ubuntu, openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Debian and Kali Linux. Such a userland might contain a Bash shell and command language, with native GNU/Linux command-line tools (sed, awk, etc.) and programming language interpreters (Ruby, Python, etc.). When introduced with the Anniversary Update, only an Ubuntu image was available. The Fall Creators Update moved the installation process for Linux distributions to the Windows Store, and introduced Fedora and Suse images.

The result, as you can see, is quite impressive.

Remmina on WSL

So while you wait or you write ;-) the code to port Remmina natively to Windows, enjoy it, as usual for Free(tm), with WSL and find some time to say thanks and cheers to Lewis.

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