How to install LXDE Desktop on your Webdock Ubuntu Server
Last updated: February 2nd 2022
This guide explains the step by step procedure of installing the LXDE (lightweight X11 desktop environment) on the Webdock server. LXDE is a lightweight desktop environment alternative to GNOME and has only basic features and applications.
- A fresh Webdock cloud Ubuntu instance (18.04 or later)
- You have shell access to your VPS.
First update the packages and repositories on your Webdock server.
# sudo apt update -y
Install the LXDE on your Webdock server.
# sudo apt install lxde
On Ubuntu 20.04, while installing the desktop environment, it will ask for the default display manager.
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.
Select the ‘Shell Users’.
Enter the username and password for the new shell user and click on Add User’.
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, visit this guide
Test LXDE on Webdock
After connecting to the Webdock server over RDP, open the LXTerminal on the Webdock server and check the current desktop session using the following command.
# env | grep CURRENT_DESKTOP XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=LXDE
This article explains the step by step procedure to install LXDE on your Webdock server. LXDE is a lightweight and fast desktop environment suitable for servers with lower resources. Visit the official site of LXDE to learn more about its applications and features.