I am trying to set up remote desktop but on the computer that I'm trying to setup access for, it will not even load the sharing settings. All other settings load fine. I have attached an image of the issue. Essentially, regardless of if I've switched it "on" or "off", this screen does not change,the sharing settings do not appear, so I cannot begin setting anything up. I have set this up on other Ubuntu machines in the past without issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • It is indeed a full install. I've just named it "ubuntu" for the screenshot - my apologies for the confusion. Perhaps something went wrong during the installation though? I just added Ubuntu to this computer yesterday. – WillR Aug 16 '18 at 14:41
  • It is possible that the installation didn't go well. I have not done a full install of 14.04.1 yet. I have installed the initial ISO and updated it fully to 14.04.1 and I have upgraded 16.04 to 14.04.1. So, I can't be sure what is causing your problem. Hopefully someone else will have an answer. – user68186 Aug 16 '18 at 14:49

On one of my machines, I had to install vino and dconf-editor:

sudo apt install vino dconf-editor

then edit the values under /org/gnome/desktop/remote-access/ (see Ubuntu MATE: Where is Vino in dconf?).

on another, I had an entry from old times in /etc/network/interfaces which I had to remove so that only the following remains:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

then follow the description on Linux Config - however, I made one change, namely I made NetworkManager manage all connections. So I created a file /etc/netplan/01-network-manager-all.yaml that looks like:

# Let NetworkManager manage all devices on this system
  version: 2
  renderer: NetworkManager

Then reboot and everything worked. Totally crazy, I would really like to know what went wrong at Canonical when they switched from 16.04 to 18.04

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