Is it safe to install and use Gnome in order to use a desktop app for a cloud backup service our company uses? There is, after all, a document in the HowTos on installing Gnome, but I thought it better to check with the Community first. The cloud backup service is claiming it can't be configured on my ClearOS server without their desktop app. It's really just no one wants to walk me through it I'm sure. I would then probably want to remote desktop into my ClearOS box. Would using Gnome on ClearOS allow me to enable that and access the app remotely from a Windows 10 PC?
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Accepted AnswerNick HowittOfflineThis howto is still recommended by the devs. When I used it when trying to usit for VM management I had mixed success on a Microserver. It installs, but I just get a white screen and could not use the desktop, however I could use VNC and the desktop worked fine through VNC. The only issue I then had is that VNC would eventually timeout and ask me for an unlock password. I never did crack this one.
For VNC clients, I generally use TightVNC but it did not work well with KVM/libvirt, nor did VNC Viewer. I had terrible keyboard mapping problems ("\" would not work and it was pretty essential in my Windows 10 command prompt). The VNC client which worked fine was TigerVNC.
Accepted AnswerDirk AlbringOfflineWow, that went off without a hitch! Those instructions are good. I was immediately able to startx from the command line and into the Gnome desktop I went (locally). Since I had already done a command line install of the cloud backup client software, it appeared as an app in the Gnome desktop, so I was able to configure its settings and select all the folders I wanted backed up to the cloud. Awesome!
I've got the TigerVNC server running on ClearOS, but I'm waiting until the cloud backup finishes before trying the TigerVNC viewer out. The TightVNC viewer didn't work so hot.
Update: So I got the Tigervnc viewer to work after Googling (one of my best friends) and discovered a command line option of vncserver -localhost that started the process instance of /root/.vnc/server.renncoautomation.us:4.pid. I enabled incoming firewall port 5204 on my ClearOS box and then entered server.renncoautomation.us:4 in the viewer address bar. It started up a remote desktop session that I could run and monitor the cloud backup service while in process.