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Old 12-20-2006, 05:10 AM   #1
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Installing and Running Gnome from command line FC6, and VNC

I've built a Fedora Core 6 server that's going to go to a colo and was wondering will installing gnome eat up resources if not started.

If it doesn't take up too much resources (hard drive space i don't mind, but memory i do), do I install it using [ yum install evolution ] or
[ yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" ]

afterwards, how do i run it from the server (if say i was at the colo and wanted to configure things via DE)?

and is there a way to run gnome over ssh or is VNC a better idea? if VNC what is the yum install RPMS package name (and the client on windows)? i assume gnome via VNC will take more resources on the server when used, but thought i'd learn the gnome interface as well as the command line interface.
Old 12-20-2006, 05:21 AM   #2
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If harddisk space is not a problem, "installing Gnome but not using it", for example by always booting into the command-line multiuser runlevel, shouldn't eat up memory since Gnome is not running, especially if X is not running (and X is not running if you want to spare resources, right?).

If you need Gnome just for configuring stuff in GUI, and are afraid of consuming precious resources, you've picked up the wrong thing. Gnome is a big (read: huge) desktop environment, and whenever you're using it, you're using X under it and thus taking a lot of memory and some cpu power in use. Instead consider using a lighter desktop thing like XFCE or WindowMaker which enable you to run graphical tools but consume less memory (for example) than Gnome (or KDE). XFCE is even Gnome-looking.

You can use ssh with X11 forwarding to bring some windows/tools over the SSH to another X (or to Windows if you've bought an "X compatibility layer"), but to bring the whole Gnome Desktop you need another way; VNC might be one, but there are other choices too. I don't think bringing the whole desktop is sensible, it eats up a lot of resources, is slow or at least needs a very high-speed connection. I prefer plain SSH, or if you really need those graphical user interface windoes, use some very light X desktop on the server-end and then use SSH+X11 forwarding to bring on only the windows you need.


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