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I am running Ubuntu Server 16.04 on the Google Compute Engine and I want to install Unity 7.4 desktop over it and connect to it with Google Remote Desktop.

It is my development machine (headless desktop), not a standalone server which neends be minimal. As I work on the go, I am used to work remotely in the cloud. There is no problem with hardware as I can increase the RAM, CPU or HDD as needed.

  1. After I install ubuntu-desktop package I am not able to connect SSH 22 to my compute engine instance anymore and I lost control completely and have to recreate new instance (probably should write to Google forum about this)

  2. There is no headless Google Remode Desktop installer, so basically I have to install temporary VNC to install Chrome, then configure the Chrome RDP headless service to run on system startup, delete the temporary VNC connection and after that I should be able to connect there anytime with my Chrome client on the go.

I have following questions:

  • Is Unity able to work with VNC? I have found only tutorials for XFCE and similar lightweight desktops.
  • Is Unity able to work with Google RDP?
  • What about performance? There is no 3D graphics card in Google Cloud
  • I have LTE on the go, so network should be no problem.
  • if impossible to run Unity remotely, which lightweight desktop is closest to it? (I am quite a Mac fan)

Final Thoughts Thanks for the responses. I have ended trying to run Unity desktop in Google Compute Engine bacause of missing GPU. I am switching into some lighter desktop till Google introduces GPU support.

  • See this question and look for the answer that mentions systemd. Unity also works with Google RDP. Please ask one question at a time. No 3D graphics card may be a problem. But I don't know enough about cloud computing. – user68186 Aug 1 '16 at 19:40
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you could use teamviewer, it doesnt need to beport fowarded and it shows the entire desktop, this includes all DE's, it also works on andriod, ios, windows and mac :)

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