I have subscribed to a VPS service for the purpose of running some remote applications. To do this I'm going to need a remote desktop of one sort or another.
With this in mind it was suggested that I try Ubuntu. The installation that was prepared for me was Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit (Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 2.6.18-348.4.1.el5.028stab107.1 x86_64))
From here I used
apt-get install ubuntu-desktop which completed successfully. I rebooted the machine and reconnected via ssh.
When I attempt to connect from TightVNC on my Windows machine I get a message about the session being actively refused.
What should I do to confirm the service is running? Do I need to setup a firewall rule to allow the ports to pass through?
(I am a linux newb so explicitness is appreciated)