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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Running VNC Server without XServer on Ubuntu

What we want to do is to install VNC Server (which is about 45MB) without install the whole gnome environment. Such a vnc server can be started at boot time and serve as a XFCE or Fluxbox desktop with single user.

Install basic gnome environment (or any other lightweight):

?> apt-get install gnome-core

install vnc server:

?> apt-get install vnc4server

run the server to set password:

?> vncserver -geometry 1280x1024 -depth 24 :0

kill the server:

?> vncserver -kill :0

edit ~/.vnc/xstartup file:

change x-window-manager & in the end to:

gnome-session &

start the server:

?> vncserver -geometry 1280x1024 -depth 24 :0

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