When I was using Gnome3 on Debian-Wheezy, I experienced the issue that gnome kept creating new processes of “gdm-simple-slave” – hundreds of them, slowing my server down extremely.
I was unable to find the cause of this issue, however, bugs like that are to be expected when using Wheezy. So I decided to try LXDE again. On my previous attempt this was problematic, because tightvncserver refused to work with it and kept bringing me to my old Gnome desktop – although I followed instructions to reconfigure tightvncserver correctly. Now I gave it another try, with different instructions. It worked – now I’m happily using LXDE on my server, instead of gnome. And that infinite-process problem is gone. Here’s how to:
apt-get purge gnome*
Install LXDE and tightvncserver if not done yet:
apt-get install tightvncserver lxde
Edit the vnc config with e.g. nano:
In nano, uncomment the line
so it looks like this:
At the end, add this lines:
Save. When now running
and connecting to your server,
you should see your LXDE desktop. Have fun!