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GNOME or KDE or X window or XFCE or any recommendation for 192 ram openvz vps ?
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GNOME or KDE or X window or XFCE or any recommendation for 192 ram openvz vps ?

raihan0888raihan0888 Member
edited November 2011 in Help

i used optimized kloxo in 192 ram,512mb burst ,its used 40-50 mb ram.
i interested to use that vps for simple remote computing like teamviewer or vnc.
i read this
and apply

but stop and confused how to start and run xfce in centos i dont find any help in official forum.

anyone able to help me to proceed to next step?
or giving me low memory consuming solution for remote access to desktop?


  • XFCE/LXDE would probably be your best bet. I wouldn't count on it being very usable with those specs though. You'd get the desktop and one or two apps and it would most likely be pretty choppy.

    You can try OpenVPN or a SSH tunnel if those can fit your needs.

  • i install xfce but unable to find command how to start from shell :(

  • startxfce4, but it probably won't do anything for you without a proper FreeNX/VNC setup.

  • Nah, fluxbox FTW.

    Thanked by 3Aldryic tux skagerrak
  • @herbyscrub said: startxfce4, but it probably won't do anything for you without a proper FreeNX/VNC setup.

    [root@srv ~]# startxfce4
    /usr/bin/startxfce4: Starting X server
    /usr/bin/startxfce4: line 76: exec: xinit: not found

  • Here's how I run tightvncserver and LXDE in Debian. Remember, "apt-get" will be replaced with some variation of "yum" (not sure what - I'm not a CentOS user). This runs in about 90MB on my Debian VPS:

    //Make sure Debian is the latest and greatest
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get dist-upgrade
    //Install X, LXDE, VPN programs
    apt-get install xorg lxde-core tightvncserver
    //Start VNC to create config file
    tightvncserver :1
    //Then stop VNC
    tightvncserver -kill :1  
    //Edit config file to start session with LXDE:
    nano ~/.vnc/xstartup
    xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
    xsetroot -solid black
    lxterminal &
    /usr/bin/lxsession -s LXDE &
    //Restart VNC
    tightvncserver :1  

    You then connect using the VNC viewer of your choice on your local computer. I use the "VNC Free Edition Viewer for Windows Stand-Alone Viewer" at: Configure the viewer to access your VPS at:

    I've also used the VNC utility in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS using the same 5901 config.

    Good luck!

    Thanked by 1JimH44
  • yomero said: Nah, fluxbox FTW.

    Seconded. On a smaller VPS that I need a GUI for, I stick to flux.

  • kristalkristal Banned
    edited November 2011

    all those fluxblackopenboxes lxde xfce are memory hogs. u dont need for a simple remote desktop managing

    for most basic and least memory consuming xdesktop with xterminal support do:

    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get install tightvncserver xvt jwm

    for least mem consuming vncserver use: (adjust resolution if required):

    vncserver -geometry 800x600 -depth 16 -nolock -nopn -r -su -tst -lazytight

    note: xdesktop jwm and xvt starts automatically with vncserver

    there is no easier and cheaper on memory option (this takes less than 10mb ram)

  • Try installing using FreeNX. A better remote experience on ubuntu remote desktop as its client is cross platform compatible. There are official guides to install freenx on your ubuntu machine.

  • InfinityInfinity Member, Host Rep

    +1 nx ftw.

  • unable to install rpm

    rpm -ivh epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm[code]


    [code]warning: epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID 0608b895
    error: Failed dependencies:
    rpmlib(FileDigests) <= 4.6.0-1 is needed by epel-release-6-5.noarch
    rpmlib(PayloadIsXz) <= 5.2-1 is needed by epel-release-6-5.noarch[code]

  • LongShot in Nov 2011 gave a good recipe for installing and running LXDE, and controlling it through tightvnc. I'm using it happily to control my box at
    But it always logs me in as root, and all the GUI programs run as root. I'd rather they ran as an ordinary user.
    Do any of you know how to make the tightvnc or LXDE let me log in as an ordinary user?


  • joepie91joepie91 Member, Patron Provider

    IceWM might also be an interesting option.

  • I second IceWM, I have it running as a Unity replacement on my netbook (1GB RAM)

  • netomxnetomx Moderator, Veteran

    any tabbed ssh clients for jwm?

  • XFCE is definitely the best option from what you've listed there, but for that low of RAM you might want to go with a more bare bones window manager like fluxbox or tinywm

  • netomxnetomx Moderator, Veteran

    as kristal suggested, this is the lowest RAM IMHO:

    8mb used

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