How to smoothly Run GUI on remote Ubuntu server?

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Though running an Ubuntu desktop on a remote server without a graphic card is not a good idea because it is super slow and laggy.

But, if it is the only way around for you to get a specific task done, here is how you can do so:

1. Install and Run Tasksel

  • Make sure you have added a secondary user before proceeding
  • Update and Upgrade the server through SSH command line console
$ sudo apt update

$ sudo apt upgrade
  • Add required repositories
$ sudo add-apt-repository universe

$ sudo add-apt-repository multiverse
  • Install Tasksell
$ sudo apt install tasksel
  • Run Tasksel to Install ubuntu desktop
$ sudo tasksel


2. Install Anydesk

  • Open the console on AWS digital ocean (or whichever hosting service you use which gives Linux command line access) to reboot and then install Anydesk.
$ sudo reboot

$ apt-get update

$ wget

$ dpkg -i anydesk_2.9.5-1_amd64.deb

$ apt-get install -f

3. Set Anydesk permissions

  • Activate Unattended access in Anydesk settings
  • For optimal performance change screen resolution to the lowest (Optional)

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