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Old 03-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Recommend a DE for a Headless Server


I know, its a contradiction...

I have a headless Ubuntu server that some admins want to remote into (and run GTK applications) on. The server has no monitor attached and they want to use VNC like they had done previously with their Slackware server.

I tried to recommend X11 forwarding through ssh -X but that didn't go over too well.

I'm thinking about Xfce or LXDE but I have never tried to install a desktop onto a headless server; will it install correctly with no display attached?

Can anyone recommend a lightweight server desktop that can be installed over ssh with no monitor available; which will only be used over remote desktop or VNC?
 
Old 03-06-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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you'll never NEED a monitor to install a DE< that connection doesn't make sense. Either of those will work just fine. Personally I'd suggest you look at using nx from nomachine.org for the access, not VNC though. VNC is awful.
 
Old 03-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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how unfortunate, as remote access sharing a whole DE is more of a bandwidth hog than just an X11 forward, and probably less secure
that being said, since you failed to convince the admins of that (i personally would want to beat them over the head with a stick), installing software can be done via a command line and doesn't require a monitor, just remote shell access (such as SSH)

just curious, but what gtk apps are they trying to run on said server?
 
Old 03-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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you'll never NEED a monitor to install a DE< that connection doesn't make sense. Either of those will work just fine. Personally I'd suggest you look at using nx from nomachine.org for the access, not VNC though. VNC is awful.
In my world servers are servers... they have no UI. I just wasn't sure if the lack of a display would cause a DE install to fail or not. Never tried it before so I thought I'd ask before screwing up one of my dev boxes. I don't have much choice on VNC; that's what these guys want.

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how unfortunate, as remote access sharing a whole DE is more of a bandwidth hog than just an X11 forward, and probably less secure
that being said, since you failed to convince the admins of that (i personally would want to beat them over the head with a stick), installing software can be done via a command line and doesn't require a monitor, just remote shell access (such as SSH)

just curious, but what gtk apps are they trying to run on said server?
As far as I know these are scientific applications that require GTK that they run directly on the server over VNC (or RDP). Also, there are some windows and apple computers so X11 forwarding wouldn't address the total need.

Thanks guys!
 
  


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