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Terminal Server / GUI SSH?

Lenovo / 6075bqu
March 17, 2011 at 21:20:51
Specs: Windows 7, 2.327 GHz / 3045 MB
Okay, I'll try to explain what I want here ... I have a server that runs Debian, there is no VGA adapter, just SSH access. I'd like to be able to remote to it and use a GUI. Is there some sort of frontend for SSH that will give me some sort of virtual desktop? I don't really want to install X or a window manager if I don't need to on the server. How should i go about this? Is it even possible? Am I being clear?

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March 18, 2011 at 00:21:48

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March 18, 2011 at 00:38:36
Thanks. All those would require that X and a WM be installed on the server though.

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March 18, 2011 at 02:34:36
X Window programs run on the remote computer, so you need them to be installed on your server. And the Window Manager is just a program. But you don't need a video adapter on the server. (And, obviously, you need an X Window server on your client machine.)

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March 21, 2011 at 19:54:50
Hmmm, there are no GUI's for the CLI. You can install a shell window manager, but that only gives you multiple shell 'Windows' - still all text based.

Are you looking for a curses style GUI for system management?

Eventually you'll probably need X installed anyway, but running it all the time on the server will take up resources. Also - without a video card, X doesn't perform very well. (Rather, X performs ok, but KDE/Gnome do not)

You might look around for a Web administration panel to give you a GUI-like feel, but controlled via HTTP to reduce the load on the server.

I don't know of any *good* ones off hand though... m0n0wall or ddwrt are good for firewall/router configs & FreeNAS is good for storage management. But neither of these are standalone apps - it's a custom distro.

What functionality are you looking for in the GUI? ( And if you answer 'All', then I say you *must* use X )

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March 24, 2011 at 04:48:02
Webmin is an excellent web based interface for configuration/maintenance of remote computers. It's got a good selection of modules to handle all the common server programs, and you can create custom modules if necessary.

Webmin also has facilities to use a shell via SSH and a file manager. And it runs on just about any UNIX-type system. Highly recommended.

(And, of course, it's free.)

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