How to install KDE Plasma Desktop on your Webdock Ubuntu Server

Last updated: February 2nd 2022

Introduction

This guide explains the step by step procedure of installing the KDE Plasma on the Webdock server. KDE Plasma is the current generation desktop environment, developed mainly for linux distributions.

Prerequisites

Installing KDE Plasma

First update the packages and repositories on your Webdock server.

# sudo apt update -y

Install the KDE Plasma on your Webdock server.

# sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop

On Ubuntu 20.04, while installing the desktop environment, it will ask for the default display manager.

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Select the default display manager from the list and select the OK button to continue.

Installing XRDP server

Tip: You may want to try NoMachine instead which is an XRDP alternative which offers superior performance and features.

Now install the xrdp server to listen for an RDP connection on your Webdock server.

# sudo apt install xrdp

Start and enable the xrdp service.

# sudo systemctl enable xrdp.service
# sudo systemctl start xrdp.service

NOTE: XRDP server runs on port 3389 so in case of Webdock perfect server stack, you need to allow traffic from port 3389 to connect to your Desktop Environment.

# sudo ufw allow 3389

Connect to the server over RDP

In order to connect to the Webdock server, first create a shell user from the Webdock dashboard. Click on ‘more’ option from the top right corner.

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Select the ‘Shell Users’.

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Enter the username and password for the new shell user and click on Add User’.

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Use this shell username and password to connect to the Webdock server over RDP.

To learn more about connecting to the Webdock server over RDP from Windows, Linux or Mac, visitthis guide

Test KDE Plasma on Webdock

After connecting to the Webdock server over RDP, open the Konsole Terminal on the Webdock server and check the current desktop session using the following command..

# env | grep CURRENT_DESKTOP
XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=KDE

Conclusion

This article explains the step by step procedure to install the KDE Plasma on your Webdock server. KDE Plasma is a highly stable desktop environment with different softwares for all tasks. Visit the official site of KDE to learn more about it.

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