From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 4 Apr 13:13
To: william (WILLIAMA) 2 of 12
Seems nobody else here uses it.

Since there's a number of non-proprietary alternatives, does it do stuff that they don't?

EDITED: 4 Apr 13:14 by BOUGHTONP
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Apr 14:20
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 3 of 12
I emailed the Anydesk help desk to ask the question and they haven't replied yet. Seems they have periodic anxiety attacks about their free product being used commercially. There's a whitelist procedure for people who have been incorrectly identified as commercial users, but it seems to be a bit hit and miss. I suspect too many customers both paying and non-paying + too small a help desk.

Yeah, for what I want VNC is actually better. It doesn't have a hissy fit if one or both devices are using a VPN for instance. I was using VNC for my linux boxes anyway so I've dumped Anydesk and put VNC on everything I want to connect to & from. Haven't missed it at all so far.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 4 Apr 17:10
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 4 of 12
Seems like a glorified VNC?
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 4 Apr 22:28
That's what I figured, but wasn't sure if there was some must-have feature.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 5 Apr 10:39
No, that's exactly what it is. There are plenty of bells and whistles in the GUI but these days most of them are either there or accessible some other way with most of the varieties of VNC. Anyway, for linux I'm more likely to use PuTTY for remote stuff. I do find a graphical connection handy if I'm not quite sure what I want, but I'll know if I see it. Bit easier than trying to grep when I don't know what to stick on the right hand side.

Not quite sure why I was using Anydesk as opposed to VNC. Tried it and got used to it I suppose.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 5 Apr 11:32
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 7 of 12
VNC for corporate dummies I reckon, easier to install, configure and use for faux stuck in Windows (or Mac) World, plus there's somebody you can sue when it goes south.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 5 Apr 12:22
That was my thought, but I also think there's a "business" prejudice at work here. I took a squint at the RealVNC pricing and it's considerably cheaper than Anydesk. Both very stable. Both do the job. Both offer support and "somebody to sue". But the VNC base code is open sauce and there are plenty of IT managers who simply can't stomach that. 

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 5 Apr 12:44
To: william (WILLIAMA) 9 of 12
I forgot there are other commercial vnc products. TigerVNC is free and also cross-platform. For that matter RDP is more performant than vnc (ime) and viewable on open source vnc clients -- is that still free on Win 10/11?
EDITED: 5 Apr 12:45 by DSMITHHFX
From: william (WILLIAMA) 5 Apr 16:27
Remote Desktop is free in Pro and server editions of Windows. That's what we used at work. 
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Apr 13:28
To: william (WILLIAMA) 11 of 12
It's quite something to see an ancient Dell C2D business SFF pc with Intel graphics driving Win10 to a 27" iMac display via RDP. Amazingly responsive.
EDITED: 6 Apr 13:29 by DSMITHHFX
From: koswix11 Apr 10:08
To: william (WILLIAMA) 12 of 12
I upgraded my home PC to from normal Win 10 to Win 10 Pro specifically so I can use RDP to log in to it from work to make it look as if I'm working when, actually, I'm pissing about on my home PC*.

I think it cost about £7 with an upgrade key acquired from eBay.

*in my defence, we've had fuck all work for months and, in fact, have now emptied our order book and are shutting up shop. It's been so long doing naff-all it's going to be a major shock to the system in three weeks when I start my new job!