[squeak-dev] OT - setting up ubuntu headless machine w/vnc/ssh/etc

Paul DeBruicker pdebruic at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 22:09:28 UTC 2020

How anyone would find this out from their website I've no idea but there are
two different official  "server" install iso's for Ubuntu 18.04.4.  The one
that I think is easier to use is the "ubuntu-18.04.4-server-amd64.iso" one &
not the "ubuntu-18.04.4-live-server-amd64.iso" The live one lets you test
out the desktop environment without installing.  The non-live one just dumps
you into the debian installer (but installs ubuntu).

You can get the non-live server iso here:

The installer documentation is here:

Step 15 in the directions lets you pick "package tasks" (see
You want Open SSH server and I think there is one for "Basic Ubuntu Server"
that you also want. But I'm not sure whats included in that.   You can also
choose the "manually select packages" option and install whatever VNC
you need at that time or after you login/ssh in.  

timrowledge wrote
> This is well off-topic but I'm pretty sure somebody here will have done
> this, so -
> I have a  second hand lenovo i7 box that I need to install ubuntu 18.04 on
> and configure to use headless via vnc and ssh. It needs to be 18.04 in
> order to maintain compatibility with a work related server. It needs to be
> headless so I can stick in my server room and vnc to it from my iMac like
> i do with all the other machines.
> Now I really thought this should be simple but it turns out to be a pain.
> I installed the desktop version and started reading about how to configure
> it. Supposedly you can turn on vnc from the settings tool but that didn't
> work and it appears a few gazillion other people found the same. I tried
> recipes from several other sources that didn't work.
> I thought I'd try the server install instead - surely that  would at least
> have ssh set up? Nope. More reading of web article claiming "it's easy!"
> only to find that things refuse connections, display blank vnc windows,
> take several minutes to boot, lock up the commandline when telling a
> systemd servce to start... lots of 'fun'.
> Advice other than "install 
> <other OS>
> " welcome for reasons mentioned above. Thank goodness it was never this
> annoying to get Pi's working in this manner!
> In the good news side, the 'work related' thing is converting a VW system
> to Squeak, so maybe this isn't as off- topic as might be thought.
> tim
> --
> tim Rowledge; 

> tim@

> ; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
> Useful random insult:- Looks for the "Any" key.

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