8 Remote desktop clients
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The exozyme project provides a remote desktop service on port 3389. While you can use the exodesk web client to connect to your remote desktop as described in the quickstart guide, it has some limitations such as some keyboard shortcuts not being properly redirected to the remote desktop.

Fortunately, you can use any other RDP (remote desktop protocol) clients to access your exozyme desktop. These clients may provide better performance but require downloading apps. With an RDP client, enter in the address exozy.me and connect!

FreeRDP

FreeRDP is a free and open source RDP client (hence the name). It usually provides the best experience and performance, and we highly recommend it if you use Windows or Linux and are comfortable with the command line. Linux users should install it from their distro's package manager (for instance sudo apt install freerdp for Ubuntu or Debian based distros). FreeRDP provides downloads for Windows. If you want to try FreeRDP on macOS, it can be installed using Homebrew or MacPorts.

Once you have it installed, run FreeRDP from a terminal with xfreerdp -v exozy.me --dynamic-resolution --sound --mic --rfx. These flags respectively specify exozyme's URL, resizing the deskop upon a window resize, enabling sound and microphone integration, and using RemoteFX to boost performance. You can also add -u username -p password to the command to specify your exozyme username and password so you don't need to type it into the login window. (But remember that this saves your credentials to your shell history!)

Microsoft clients

Microsoft has produced a number of proprietary RDP clients for various platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Windows also has a built-in client called Remote Desktop Connection. Mac users can use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta client. Check this list for clients for all platforms. Please make sure you have enabled 16-bit color and resize on window resize in the connection settings and leave fullscreen after connecting. This saves bandwidth and improves the experience of all users.

These clients usually have worse performance and more bugs in the desktop session compared to FreeRDP.