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

vncpasswd 
enter your desired password


Start vncserver

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.

vncconfig


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

vi /root/.vnc/xstartup


Find

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 &
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