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  1. #1
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    Jun 2006

    Exclamation Linux os for hosting

    I am providing VPS in my service mainly, been offering Windows Server 2008 for a while and decided to offer Linux flavors mainly:-
    Cent OS
    Linux MINT

    -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 ?

    Thank you,

  2. #2
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    Oct 2012
    Europe and USA
    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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  3. #3
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    Charlotte, NC, US
    Using a root access tech people can install VNC, desktop them self. SSH access is sufficient. Though you an set some template to install desktop as per requirement.
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2005
    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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  5. #5
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    Oct 2010
    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?

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  6. #6
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    Dec 2012
    New York
    SSH with root access is essential for most of the users who are wanting to buy a linux based vps. They normally use VNC but as mentioned in the earlier posts they can install themselves Gnome for GUI.
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  7. #7
    Well, although it is pretty common to expect everything mentioned above (full root access is mandatory, GUI should be optional, etc)

    You should also think about your target market. For example one could be offended not being able to select a Debian minimal image (that guy may be me, but you get the point)


  8. #8
    Root access is what people want to save memory consumption..GHJ is still in minority
    And Cpanel is quite popular
    But as a vps provider everything and don't turn back any customer !

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