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Install GNOME Ubuntu 22.04


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GNOME is a free desktop environment for UNIX-like distributions. Consider installing on a clean vStack Cloud server. Let's choose the minimum requirements.

Preparing for installation

To install the desktop environment, choose Ubuntu 22.04. Initial system setup as in our instruction.

MobaXterm – an utility for various types of connection to the server, also considers connecting using VNC.

Updating packages

Update the package and software package index with the following command:

apt update && apt upgrade -y

Installing GNOME on Ubuntu

The ubuntu-gnome-desktop package requires a minimum of 2.5 GB of free space on the system. The package is installed as follows:

apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop -y

The installation process begins, and depending on the speed, the package is downloaded.
After installing the working environment, install xRDP according to our guide to xRDP installation.

If you are unable to log in with a regular user, it is recommended that you set a password for root by connecting via SSH and restarting the xRDP service.
Let's set up the desktop as follows, start the installation as in Screen 1.

Starting the desktop installation
Screen 1 - Starting the desktop installation

If you can't connect via xRDP. You must set the password for the root user by logging in through the root user and use the command:


Let's choose the keyboard layout as in Screen 2:

Selecting a keyboard layout
Screen 2 - Selecting a keyboard layout

Let's turn off the agreement with the transfer of data to applications requiring geolocation, as shown in Screen 3:

3Refusal to transfer geolocation data
Screen 3 - Refusal to transfer geolocation data

The result is about setting up the working environment as shown in Screen 4, the result is successful:

Successful result
Screen 4 - Successful result

To check system information, check with the command:

cat /etc/os-release

According to Screen 5:

System Information
Screen 5 - System Information

Let's try to install a web browser using the command:

apt install firefox

After installation, launch the browser using the command line:


The result is shown in Figure 6:

Launching the browser
Screen 6 - Launching the browser

To configure VNC, using our instruction.
When logging in via VNC via MobaXterm, we will add a session with our IP address and specify the port depending on the assignment after starting vncserver. Click “OK” and log in as shown in Screen 7:

 Setting up a VNC session
Screen 7 - Setting up a VNC session

The result of connecting using VNC is shown in Screen 8:

Connections via VNC


In this guide we looked through:

  • Installing the GNOME desktop on Ubuntu 22.04.
  • Connect using xRDP and VNC using the built-in Windows “Remote Desktop Connection” utility and the MobaXterm utility.

As a result, connecting to xRDP is the most efficient. For example, xRDP has the ability to launch a command line, but VNC does not.

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