Re: Will VMware do this?
Here's a proposed set up for you:
"cold machines" continue to run XP
"warm machine" runs ubuntu.
From the ubuntu machine you use gnome-rdp to open rdp sessions to the "cold machines".
Not sure if you have xp apps to run on the warm machine. If so, then use vmware server to create a xp vm on the "warm machine". I would still connect to this vm using gnome-rdp as it is a cleaner interface.
Does this resolve your issues?
Ubuntu 9.04 64bit on Dell Vostro 1510, Core2 Duo T8100, Nvidia 8400M , Intel 1395 Wireless.
OK: Wireless, kvm, Canon irc2880, Synergy.