I have running instance on AWS EC2 where I have installed Ubuntu server 14.04. Here I want to access it using GUI for that I am following this tutorial: youtube link for GUI Ubuntu Server

I am entering these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lxde
sudo start lxdm
sudo apt-get install xrdp
sudo passwd ubuntu

But here I am unable to access the GUI as in this tutorial, they are using windows but I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I can see a remmina remote desktop client but it is not connecting. I need help with this.


I am not sure about LXDE as I have no experience with it. However, if the goal is simply to get a GUI then you can probably achieve it easier by using Gnome. You can also use VNC over SSH for remote desktop capabilities.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Refer to the following article if you need help with that.

install gnome-shell on ubuntu 16.04

  • My question is to connect the desktop using my ubunut remote desktop or something can I do this – Nilay Singh Oct 17 '16 at 20:04
  • I don't see why not. There are several "remote desktop" applications available for Linux. The easiest is probably running VNC over SSH. – toolfan2k4 Oct 17 '16 at 20:06
  • I did that but it is showing grey screen – Nilay Singh Oct 18 '16 at 16:52
  • Is the grey screen happening when remoting in or is this when accessing the GUI from a local screen? Also did you receive any errors while installing Gnome? – toolfan2k4 Oct 19 '16 at 18:58
  • Great to hear! If my answer helped please vote it up! If you solved it completely on your own then please create an answer... it may help others in the future! :-) – toolfan2k4 Oct 20 '16 at 14:16

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