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I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.04 Server on my VPS and would like to install a minimal GUI onto this and allow VNC access to.

Please could someone outline the steps required to set this up so that I can VNC to my machine under a newly created user account.

Create the user:

useradd  -m -s /bin/bash -p password -d /home/usera userA
chown userA:users /home/usera

Install the GUI

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

Setup VNC

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Does the --no-install-recommends flag work with apt-get? –  Oxwivi Feb 19 '11 at 22:12
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@Toki I copied that line from a webpage - It doesn't work with aptitude but does run with apt-get –  Malachi Feb 19 '11 at 22:31
    
Great find, thanks! That will solve a bit of my own minimal-ubuntu problems, at least. :P –  Oxwivi Feb 20 '11 at 6:06
    
To show my gratitude, I'd like to help you. I can't help in setting up VNC, but I can help get a GUI even more minimal than ubuntu-desktop without recommended packages. Just tell me what applications you need. –  Oxwivi Feb 20 '11 at 6:11
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i would not recommend the regular desktop but openbox or fluxbox

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When you have the GUI installed, run sudo apt-get install vino to install remote desktop support. This is a little old, but it ought to explain how to configure it through ssh: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-266981.html

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