I am searching for a Linux alternative, which has the following specific features:

  • When I remotely login to my workstation from my portable device, my workstation should show a lockscreen, and my portable device should show my current desktop. This feature is crucial for my use case.
  • All, or almost all, keyboard shortcuts (like Ctrl+Alt+T, Ctrl+W, etc.) should be executed on the remote desktop, and not on the portable device's desktop.

The current software I have tried out, and the issues I have faced with them:

  • Chrome Remote Desktop: Logs in to a parallel session. Does not forward almost any keystrokes.
  • TeamViewer: Does not lock the remote screen. The "black screen" and "block remote input" options are greyed out as these features do not work on Linux devices in the TeamViewer software.
  • Multiple VNC apps (TigerVNC, RealVNC, UltraVNC): They are not able to lock my workstation's screen.

Please do let me know of your suggestions. Thanks!

  • why don't you just lock your screen when you leave your workstation? then VPN will work just fine
    – phuclv
    Jun 15, 2018 at 1:35
  • Can you please explain on how a VPN will help in showing what's on the workstation's screen? I'd need to run a screen mirroring software like an RDP or VNC of sorts, right?
    – Daksh
    Jun 15, 2018 at 2:50
  • sorry I meant VNC, not VPN
    – phuclv
    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:03
  • Leaving your workstation without locking it is always a bad behavior on security point of view, so don't expect the VNC to be secure that way
    – phuclv
    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:09
  • I always found that NX was the most capable replacement for RDP, but YMMV. Jun 15, 2018 at 5:52


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