Proposal: change "Remote Desktop" to "Desktop Sharing"

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Tue Jan 19 19:53:53 GMT 2010

I frequently encounter people who misunderstand this, and I don't blame
them. In Windows, you can connect to your remote desktop as long as
you're allowed to do so. You don't have to be logged in before you can
log in. This seems obvious for a remote desktop solution. In Ubuntu,
however, the user who owns the desktop you wish to see, have to be
logged on first. This solution is quite appropriate, but the naming
should be altered to reflect the difference between sharing your desktop
with someone else and being able to work from a remote location.

Let me underscore that I'm not proposing this because of Windows. I
actually think the name "Remote desktop" itself implies that I can
connect to my own desktop from somewhere else. "Desktop sharing" would
be much more intelligible, I think. I share my desktop with someone, so
obviously, I have to be logged on first.

What do you think? 

Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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