Adding GUI/Graphical Interface with access via VNC

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  1. wjack2010

    wjack2010 New Member

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    If your new to using a server running Ubuntu, then this guide will help you install a Graphical Interface, a bit like Windows, also known as a GUI. This guide also includes how to access the desktop via a VNC. This guide is good for VPS.

    Versions of Ubuntu: 8.04 though I've tested with the latest 11.04 and it appears to run smoothly aswel

    SSH into the VPS

    and execute the following commands

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
    
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
    
    Code:
    vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16 -pixelformat rgb565
    
    Now we need to change the config file:

    Code:
    sudo nano ~/.vnc/xstartup
    
    Comment "x-window-manager" and add this on the end of file:

    Code:
    gnome-session &
    so it will look like this:

    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
    xsetroot -solid grey
    x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
    #x-window-manager &
    gnome-session &
    Now reboot the server:

    Code:
    sudo reboot
    
    Start the VNC server:


    Code:
    vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16 -pixelformat rgb565
    
    You're vnc server is now running!

    Now open your vnc client and type in

    Code:
    YOURIP:1
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  2. makentosh

    makentosh New Member

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    Thanks wjack2010 for this, I have been looking for this kind of tutorial, since I am trying to connect to a Ubuntu desktop using VNC but it seems its not working. But anyways thanks for this, nice tutorial..

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