Install GUI on Ubuntu VPS

After u get new ubuntu vps, first run apt-get update

apt-get update

Now install desktop, vps images won't have this by default

apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

Configure the Gnome Desktop Manager and XServer

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Install VNC software

sudo apt-get install vnc4server

Setup password

enter your desired password

Start vncserver


Now you will be able to connect to ubuntu VPS with VNC.

On ubuntu, it won't start "vncconfig" on booting. You need to run "vncconfig" to share clip board between vnc.


On Ubuntu 10.04, i get a terminal window on login. You can start gui application from this window. It use less CPU. If you need genome desktop, edit file

vi /root/.vnc/xstartup


x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
x-window-manager &

Replace with

xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
gnome-session &
  • 151 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

Install and Configure Nagios On CentOS

Prerequisites Before installing Nagios, make sure that you've a properly installed apache and...

Ten "Find" Command Examples for Beginners

Find command is used for locate files in a directory hierarchy on Linux/Unix systems. You can...

Install Fail2Ban On Ubuntu Server 13.04/13.10

Fail2Ban is an intrusion prevention framework written in the Python programming language....

Install EPEL Repository On RHEL / CentOS / Scientific linux 6 & 5

EPEL stands for Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux. It is a Fedora Special Interest Group that...

Password-less SSH Login with PUTTY (Windows)

This guide describes how to generate and use a private/public key pair to log in to a remote...