I have ssh, apache running on a ubuntu 9.04 home server and can access from any network connection. However, I want to be able to go onto the linux server (as I can to Windows servers) as a terminal services client; run programs on the server, check e-mails, browse, etc, be able to modify and save files, etc.
Using ssh I cannot run gui's from Desktop, for example.
Using sfpt I can access gui folders and files but get a "can't execute from remote location" error message.
I am sure I have the LAMP servers setup properly but am now confused with samba, vnc, and several other possibilities.
My questions are:
1. is there a decent, plainly written, straightforward "for dummies" book or online resouirce for linux server setups; the forums are arcane and quite often outdated information as distros change and evolve.
2. for the "terminal services" (Windows server standard setup) functions I am seeking, is there a linux equivalent? If so, what is it and how do I set it up; again plain English instruction without a lot of terminal coding would be nice.
3. I managed to get X11 authority and X11 forwarding sorted out; more by trial and error and chance than guided instruction or skill; this is very time consuming and ultimately unsatisfying as I still haven't the functionality I seek; any live help or e-mail guidance from a linux server guru (or at least someone more experienced than am I) would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Ubuntu'ing on the eastern edge of the western North Atlantic; not quite far enough away from Windows, yet.