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I am currently in the process of creating a Ubuntu server with Rackspace cloud and I am trying to configure this server for VNC over SSH on my MacBook Air. Here is a summary of what I am trying to accomplish.

Server Details:

  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Hosted by RackSpace (no physical access)
  • Need to run Gnome3
  • VNC connection must be over SSH

Any guides or assistance would be great, I have installed Gnome3 and Vino for the VNC-server. I'm just not sure how to configure VNC properly. I've looked online but I'm stuck at the VNC-server portion.

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The first part is to install Gnome on the Ubuntu server by executing the following on the command line:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

You've already done this but I put this here in case anybody is starting with a Rackspace server in its default state.

Thanks to for the above.

I wasn't able to get Vino and Gnome working via the command line but FreeNX is a VNC equivalent for Ubuntu. Command line installation instructions are here:

In addition my FreeNX client wasn't compatible with the default 3d features of modern Gnome. It returned “Failed to load session “gnome-fallback” on logging in so I had to run the following line to get Gnome to run in 2d mode:

sudo echo -e "\n#Use unity 2d for client sessions\nCOMMAND_START_GNOME='gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d'"|sudo tee -a /etc/nxserver/node.conf

Thanks to for resolving the above.

The Mac client for FreeNX can be downloaded from here:

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Check this out.

Just skip part with installation and go to Confirugration

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Though, it may theoretically answer the question, it is better to put the essential parts here and give the link as reference – Anwar Shah Oct 12 '12 at 11:08
The vnc install bit doesn't work with Ubuntu. – Giles Roberts Jan 15 '13 at 10:02

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