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Sunday, October 9, 2011

New Chromebook Remote Desktop Extension

This new Google Chrome Remote Desktop extension just came out on Friday, and it could really come in handy.

A large part of my work these days is done on a remote server (mainly due to sensitive data analysis and computation power needs). Sometimes an SSH terminal is sufficient but many other times I find the graphical interface more productive, at least for me.

There are always issues with setting up remote desktop connections, especially across different operating systems - To connect to a Windows machine I use MS Remote Desktop Connection, for linux I use NX and sometimes VNC (less secure, more bandwidth cost, but simpler to set up), etc. One of the most recent issues is OS-X Lion breaking compatibility for the existing Free NX / Nomachine NX client setup, and so on.

So you can understand my excitement about this new extension. Finally, Chromoting, for real! I can't wait to try it out.

And who knows, maybe my Chromebook will be useful for doing something other than browsing after all!

To download from the Chrome webstore: