this is the first time I open a topic in this forum. So... I bought a dedicated server and i'm still trying to get access via Putty and Remote Desktop Connection (Windows 7) to work inside the server without terminal (i love terminal :P). Following some guides on the internet, I installed

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

and then I launch "startx" but...

(Pastebin cause I can't insert more than two links :P)



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First off, your Xorg config fails at the GLX module. This appears to be a system bug and as such can not really be fixed.

Secondly, why are you even trying to RDP into a server?! There are two problems with that:

  • RDP is a Windows-only protocol. It's not really going to work with Ubuntu.
  • Security. Need I say more?

You really should use SSH only. Set up a server and just use PuTTY everywhere. You say you like the terminal anyways...

Thirdly, why do you need a GUI on a server? That is a dangerous can of worms that can break a lot. Ubuntu Server + GUI = *Kablooie!*

  • The fact is that I'd like to work quickly with folders and I prefer GUI.
    – Kowak
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:24

I have been messing around with a program called Webmin, which allows remote admin capability for a command line interface server from a browser with a nice GUI. and it's very easy to install and set up. Here's a good Webmin installation guide.

You can also download Cygwin, which allows you to run a linux-like command shell on top of windows, and ssh into your server, although that would be terminal.

I have been told by all the pros though that you really should embrace terminal, especially if your running a server. If you still have to have a desktop GUI you could just install TeamViewer, which is a remote desktop tool, and manage it that way.

  • @Kowak, you can try webmin here, webmin-demo.virtualmin.com , before installing to see if it's what your looking for. The username and password are both demo. there is a file manager under the others tab.
    – Cam Jones
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:51

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