View Full Version : [ubuntu] Running GUI Applications from Ubuntu server

February 8th, 2012, 12:20 AM
I like the bash interface of the server edition of Ubuntu. I was wondering if there was any way i can just install that edition and via terminal run gui based applications, ei. A web browser or such. Also would it be possible to run VMPlayer from terminal without having the desktop environment installed.

February 8th, 2012, 12:56 AM
If your hardware supports VirtualMachines, I suggest don't install desktop environment.

Check out the server sticky at the top of this thread for virtualization (https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguide/C/virtualization.html).

You may also be interested in running VirtualBox headless how-to (http://www.howtoforge.com/vboxheadless-running-virtual-machines-with-virtualbox-4.0-on-a-headless-ubuntu-11.04-server) or look into KVM headless how-to (http://www.howtoforge.com/installing-kvm-guests-with-virt-install-on-ubuntu-11.04-server).

What are your hardware specs, particularly RAM and CPU?

February 8th, 2012, 03:12 AM
Another option is to install just xserver-xorg and its dependencies. Then you can connect using "ssh -X" and run X applications on the server but display them on your local desktop. Typing "firefox &" in this arrangement will run Firefox on the remote server but display the browser on the client's screen.