Hi all, I'm new...both to Linux and this forum.

I just spawned a new instance/VM or Ubuntu 12 Desktop on my cloud service provider.
I decided to VNC into it.
By default it comes with a system GUI called XFCE (logo of a rat). I find there isn't really much on this in the way of apps to help manage my server.

Yes, I know linux mostly = command line, but I would really appreciate it if anyone had any GUI apps in mind that could help one manage certain things around the server.
I am slowly transitioning from a windows Server and still just checking out linux for personal stuff before throwing anything serious on it.

Also is there a difference between gnome and xfce or are they the same? A lot of desktop system settings tutorials seem to ask me to click on things that are just not there.

Thanks for your help.