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I've recently acquired a small dedicated server from "X" company. I'm using it for small tasks such as torrenting, ftp, minecraft, etc.

So, I'm trying to install a GUI for my server to browse the web at work (We have a lot of restriction on websites :( )

I read a couple of tutorials, but they all assume I have the server plugged-in right front of me.

I have Ubuntu Server 13.10 installed, I created a new user, lets say, called Anon. Then, I installed the desktop via $ apt-get install ubuntu-desktop && cinnamon

After that, I installed vnc4server to log remotely into the machine; but all I get is a terminal in the vnc viewer. From there, I assume I have to modify a config file to boot into my Desktop Enviroment.

I tried modifying the .vnc/xstartup in my /home directory but I'm still getting my same old terminal window. But now with a cinnamon error :( ( I just added exec cinnamon-session to the file)

What I want, is to be able to log in to the server with a VNC viewer and be able to log-out/login as wished to enter different user-sessions etc.

I'm getting comfortable with the command line, but I would also like to have that alternative to browse the web and other stuff.

Thank you for reading, and I tried my best for the grammar (English is my second language!)

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Try xrdp. I've found it is the easiest remote desktop server to use. Sudo apt-get install xrdp. Then just log in with any remote desktop client.

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Unfortunatly I'm currently stuck with TigerVnc viewer at work! :( – user221260 Dec 2 '13 at 23:25
This link might be helpful. It doesn't contain instructions specifically for cinnamon but I think the general principle may still apply.… – airfluyt Dec 4 '13 at 2:44

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