I am providing VPS in my service mainly, been offering Windows Server 2008 for a while and decided to offer Linux flavors mainly:-
-Is it a good practice to provide those OS with the GUI or without?
or is it NOT that big of a deal !?
-How do most service providers (VPS hosting) provide access to Linux usually ? is it through SSH only or VNC ?!
-Do most service providers offer Linux with root access login for the customer or just a standard user ?
If you are talking about VPS, it is better to provide the OS without a desktop environment (GUI). The user can install a desktop environment of his choise, via SSH (some prefer Gnome, others prefer KDE, so it is better to provide it without any GUI and they can install what they like).
And for a VPS, yes, you should provide root access.
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I think most people would prefer to not have the GUI due to the perception that it can use a lot of resources unnecessarily, which is a fair point as most people using an unmanaged VPS will be comfortable with the command line and VPSs traditionally have limited resources. Perhaps if you're hosting game servers or something a GUI would be more appreciated, but not everyday web hosting.
Always root. People rent VPSs based on the assumption that they are for all intents and purposes dedicated servers. If you can, use KVM or Xen to further the dedicated server feel — many in the know can and do express preference for those hypervisors.
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Last edited by Ryan Williams; 12-18-2013 at 08:39 AM.
Whether you should offer VNC depends on the virtualisation. But if you're having to ask questions like this, are you sure you're ready to support your clients if things don't quite work as they ought to?