How to use VPS as Desktop?
Sure a VPS can not be EXACTLY a desktop because it is not "near" you.
But you have PROs, too: it will work 24h/day and it will have better internet speed than at your home.
So, my doubt is about to use a VPS as a DESKTOP using 2 O.S.:
Choose one Linux Distro with GUI. Maybe Ubuntu like the best desktop option.
Here I could see a problem. If you want to choose one Windows VPS you will need to pay at least $5 for 256Mb RAM, what is not much and your vps will be slow.
The second option is to get a KVM VPS with 1 or 2Gb and install your own license.
The problem is in what is "your own license" to VPS providers.
How can I install Windows if I will not use it as SERVER?
If I have a Win XP license, I imagine I can not install it in a VPS.
Maybe the best option could be install a TRIAL Windows Server (2003, 2008 or 2012).
In my case I prefer to use WINDOWS because I can install a few SEO softwares that I can not install in Linux.
Do you have experience in use VPS as a desktop?
What do you suggest me?
Maybe xrdp and vnc ?
Ubuntu is easy to setup as a remote desktop with atleast 256MB RAM. You can also configure to access it via remote desktop from windows machines.
Windows 2003 can run from 256MB RAM as well and providers such as BuyVM include that for free with all their KVM plans. There are also a few providers who allow you to run your windowsXP from a KVM VPS. I personally setup windows 2008 R2 as trial when i wanted a quick setup to test stuff.
I am using windows vps for downloading files.
I can access my vps Hdd in my local pc and also I use windows vps for running a android app, emulator, software testing, etc.
xrdp works well, if you wish to connect using the rdp client. Just tested with a kvm 256 and ubuntu, works almost like a local desktop. Sure, you will need ram for other stuff, not only the desktop, if you start loading flash or other heavy items it will start crawling and abuse disk/cpu. I would recommend at least 512 MB for an usable desktop, for my typical usage with 3 browsers each with tens of tabs, 3 GB might be too little.
xrdp more or less destroys the idea of RDP as the overhead was really slow for me, but maybe I did something wrong?
I had Windows Server 2008 R2, 180 day trial on a NodeDeploy from @BradND - 200mbps actual speed, 3GB RAM, 4 shared cores came in really handy when I needed a temporary workstation.
It was in Germany, had only like 17ms latency and could even use Photoshop CS6 smoothly despite the fact that there was only like 16MB QEMU emulated video card (I think Photoshop uses CPU as render fallback)
I have a couple of posts about this: http://blog.droidzone.in/?s=vnc
I always used vnc but I'll give xrdp a try for sure
rdp is leaner than vnc, so maybe you dd something wrong. remember to tweak it in regard to your connection, lower the colours to 16 bit, dont use mega resolutions, disable sound, use settings such as satellite to compensate heavily for latency, etc. With a bit of tweaking, even 256 MB KVM works well with default gnome install, at times you forget it is not your desktop.
x2goserver works beautifully for a Linux desktop.
Do you know if it is possible to change resolution? Quality for my 1920x1080 reso is pretty good but it is to slow to use it.
Why don't you consider TEAMVIEWER as an option to connect remotely to your VPS?
Is there any block?
About RDP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol
I think teamviewer is MUCH better than VNC. Specially because you do not need any setup from the other computer (yours or a friend of you), just the numbers.
Other advantage: if the other computer be in a firewall network, you will access it anyway because TeamViewer encrypt the data.
BUT my doubt is not about how to access the VPS, but what the best options to run Windows or Linux in a VPS with a good price.
I can continue using my Desktop. I can continue leave it running all day but if I can do the same thing with a VPS, it would be much better.
Thank you all for your replies.
Didn't know teamviewer was for Linux
Yes, it is.
And MacOS, too + Mobiles.
I use it in my Android.
I also use phone/tablet, but i find that rdp is the leanest and most supported protocol if configured well.
I use vnc, tweak it, love it.
Yes, but try to access it over a firewall network.
Teamviewer allows it.
(maybe new versions of VNC allows it, too, but when I used it, it was not good).
+1 for x2go
Works very well and easy to setup. My clients use it on 512meg VPS's without issue.
Yeah rdp works great and easiest. Try explaining teamviewer and they will ask how do I rdp?
I'm using ubuntu server @ kimsufi, a ready to use installation with x2go works really great.
Will try x2go tomorrow, too manby ppl saying that, i want to be popular XD
What about more LIKES on your FB posts?
No luck :c
I'd like your suggestion.
I took a 256Mb offer (yearly one) from @BlueVm and I'd like to use it for test purposes.
As this thread showed it is possible to use Remote Desktop with 256Mb, I'd like to test it.
There are a few options of templates of Ubuntu.
What do you suggest me to use?
Please, remember that I want to use it as a Desktop (GUI).
I use Xvfb, fluxbox and x11vnc on the server side. works fine. wiki has some short examples and a description. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xvfb
What about the template options? What O.S. ?
Ubuntu has a few options that I do not know the difference when you use with 256Mb.
Is the newer version better (clean) than old ones? Or not?
@DragonDF I'd normally go with the 12.04
just install windows server 2008 and you can use it for 180days
Except he has an OpenVZ VPS. So no windows. We used to have a tutorial for how to set up a desktop on your VPS, but it was wiped out when we had a little spambot infestation on the Wiki Server. Damned spambots.
Cached on archive.org perhaps?
Which desktop environment did you install on Ubuntu?