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I wanted to connect remotely via RDP or VNC to an Ubuntu server with xubuntu-desktop installed. I tried the last 12h to fix this.

I installed both services and started them up and checked if they are active. RDP wasn't complicated an for VNC I followed some more advanced instructions for gnome.

I checked ports 3350, 3389, 6001 and 5901. All are on "listening".

When I try to connect via Windows Remote Desktop I get to this log in screen (link down below) but if I log in with a user account it just crashes during the setup of the connection.

No matter if I select some other methods than xorg (for example: xvnc, x11rdp, any-vnc or session-man) the log always says "failed" for some reason or it crashes.

Screen shot

Connecting via VNC with an android-vnc-viewer app (x.x.x.x:5901) I get to a grey screen with a cursor and can move it around but I can do nothing else.

Same result when I choose the vnc-any option at the login screen in the pic above.

Settings I used here:

  • ip: 127.0.0.1
  • port: 5901
  • vnc serverpw: X

I get to the grey screen with cursor and I can see the cursor of the android-vnc-viewer app moving.

  • The "grey screen with a cursor" sounds like you are getting X running but no desktop manager or or window manager. On a modern system the desktop manager (e.g. Gnome) would probably be what you hope and expect. – tripleee Sep 10 at 4:38

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