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I am running a basic micro instance on Amazon EC2. I am wondering if it is possible to run some remote GUI to work in the system as root?

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Why? It's a server. There is no GUI. – mailq Oct 11 '11 at 19:15
Convenience, I prefer using GUI rather than command line. – ThePiachu Oct 11 '11 at 19:21
Funny. For me not having a GUI is the convenience. – mailq Oct 11 '11 at 19:27
Your reliance on a GUI will severely imped your ability to configure the instance. – Chris S Oct 11 '11 at 20:48
Umm - for developers required to build applications, there are plenty of good reasons to want to enable a GUI on an EC2 instance. – Dan Nissenbaum Jul 21 '13 at 17:54
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If you're just looking for file system access you can use something like Midnight Commander which you should be able to install via yum or apt depending on which distro you're running.

If you're looking for more functionality - such as actually configuring the server, creating accounts, working with the firewall, etc, you could look at something like Webmin.

Lastly, if you want a full-blown remote desktop, you can install a desktop environment on your server (KDE, Gnome, etc) and then connect to it remotely using something like NoMachine.

I hope that one of those addresses your question.

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When you say 'some remote GUI', what did you have in mind? You can use VNC,for example or

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I mean that I can connect to the server using command line, and then operate it the same way, whereas I'd like to have some tool on my computer that would allow me to connect to the server in some way and then let me operate it in a GUI window, rather than terminal. Sort of like what Norton Commander or early Windows was to DOS - it works on top of the command line, only I`d obviously need something remote. – ThePiachu Oct 11 '11 at 19:52
So, did you look at the URLs I posted? – Aaron Oct 11 '11 at 20:18
dead link rot... – slashdottir Oct 7 '14 at 20:05

If you really want a gui, go with webmin

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I think he's looking for a full Linux-on-the-desktop experience. – ceejayoz Oct 11 '11 at 21:01
If this is the case he should just install the server-gui package and setup VNC, or use an ubuntu desktop AMI – iainlbc Oct 11 '11 at 22:00

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