The easiest way to connect to a computer running Linux remotely from a Windows machine is to use xrdp. It works flawlessly to connect to a PC running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. However, after upgrading to a newer distribution, an xsession bug appears, resulting in a blank Gray Screen of Despair after attempting to log in remotely. After scouring the Internet, I found an easy solution, replace gnome with xfce4. Follow these easy instructions to eradicate the Grey Screen of Despair from your life.