Ubuntu – Configuring a VNC Desktop: Upgrading GUI from classic gnome desktop to newest gnome desktop


I have a vnc system, I was able to build. It leverages the classic gnome desktop GUI.

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I would like to upgrade the .vnc/xstartups file, to use the newest Gnome Desktop Environment. The Ubuntu Gnome Desktop featured as the official Ubuntu 18.04 desktop.

Here is my current ~/.vnc/xstartups file.



[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
gnome-session &
gnome-panel &
gnome-settings-daemon &
metacity &
gnome-terminal &

Thank you, please keep the comments and answer to the topic.

  • This question assumes a working VNC connection, with no errors.
  • This question is specific, as in no question to the purpose of this is necessary, I believe it's clear that the point is to have a newer GUI desktop environment.
  • If you don't know (A.K.A. "It's not possible"), join the club. Let's wait, for the person who does know how, to give the answer.

Any help is appreciated.

Best Answer

One solution was using Xfce4, I installed the packages for the desktop environment and built a simple xstartups file which just initiates the desktop.

Here are the instructions: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-vnc-on-ubuntu-16-04

enter image description here I was really looking to have this setup type but with the Official Ubuntu Gnome Desktop