Tutorials for setting up Ubuntu graphical console don't work.

I have followed several online tutorials for setting up a Ubuntu 20.04 graphical console on my Ubuntu droplet. None work. I always wind up in the text console. I have tried Brave, Firefox and Safari from both my macos 11.6.6 iMac and Brave and Firefox from my Ubuntu 20.04 machines.

Does anyone have any hints?

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Bobby Iliev
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September 3, 2022


One option would be to use xrdp for this. You can follow these steps here:

  • Setup a new Ubuntu Droplet with enough resources

  • SSH to the new droplet and run:

sudo apt-get update
  • Then if you like Gnome desktop, install the following:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
  • After that install XRDP:
sudo apt-get install xrdp
  • Enable XRDP to start on boot:
systemctl enable xrdp
  • If you have a firewall make sure that the 3389 port is open:
sudo ufw allow 3389/tcp
  • Add a new low privileged account:

Then you can use any RDP client to connect to your server with your new account.

Hope that this helps!


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