View Full Version : What graphics environment should I run on a server that I let remote users access?

May 4th, 2014, 01:05 AM
I would like to try out Xpra (https://www.xpra.org/), x2go (http://x2go.org) or, failing all of the above, TightVNC on Ubuntu virtual machine on a server, to let users connect to graphical environment remotely.

Which variant of Ubuntu, or which desktop environment should I use? All I need is access to a couple of graphical applications and I'm worried about introducing too much cruft on the server.

Also, I'm afraid I'm not understanding something: will desktop environment even be needed if all I need is running a single X application via Xpra? Will I utilize graphics hardware (http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/127726/will-i-utilize-graphics-hardware-if-i-run-x-on-the-server/127739)? I asked a question, and was told that I will, if I run an X server, but should I? If so, should I arrange for PCI passthrough? Sounds crazy, I guess people are not generally doing this?