How to change the Main Menu in RHEL 6.3

In Ubuntu there was always the possibility to change the Main Menu. It was possible to add new items, remove exiting one, move an Item / Application from one Menu to an other and so on.

To change this, there was a tool located under the System ->Preference Menu called „Main Menu“. This is not installed on RHEL6 by default.

You can install that tool via yum, it is named „alacarte“

sudo yum install alacarte

After the installation it is available in the location mentiond above (System -> Preferences).

You can add new Items. I had some issues on adding new Items to already defined Folders / Menu. A workaround for that is to create a new „Folder“ inside the Menu Structure and add the new item to that folder. After that, you can move the new Item to the menu where you want to have it and make the temporary menu / folder invisible.

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rdesktop – Remote Desktop Client native on Unix / Linux or Remmina

Hi all,

with the terminal tool rdesktop you can directly open a RDP Connection to any windows system directly from you Linux or unix system.

rdesktop homepage:

On Red Hat 6 you can install it via yum (as root or via sudo):

yum install rdesktop

You should consider the following options:

-u (Username)

-p (password)

-f (FullScreen)

-g (Geometry , example: 1366×786 [consider the „x“])

– k (Keyboard , example -k de [de = German layout])

-z (compression, more faster UI)

Example command:

rdesktop -u Administrator -p myPass -z -k de -g 1366x768

You can also create a Desktop Launcher:

Right Click -> Create Launcher:



There is also a very comfortable tool for remote desktop called remmina:

Remmina :

Dont forget to also install „remmina-plugins-rdp.x86_64“ otherwise you can not select RDP when trying to connect via Remmina to a Windows Server

Further packages:




Thanks to Timo for this advice 🙂