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Before everyone clamors "use SSH", this is NOT a server. I've to use the server images because I couldn't find the ubuntu desktop images. The EC2 virtual machine/instance will be used like a shared desktop (between 2 people) but in the cloud. Yes, they will log via the same username/password so they intentionally share the same desktop etc.

Whew, so how would I go about doing this? I've already run

sudo aptitude install x-window-system-core gnome-core

and then

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

BTW, the second command appears to be a superset of the first, so just the second should have been ok. Anyway, I suspect I'm missing something more, like enabling the XDMCP client on the 'server' or the VNC server on the 'server' (either option is ok, I've more familiar with VNC) or NX (quick like Windows RDP).

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If you want the full default desktop environment, install the ubuntu-desktop meta-package.

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How do I connect to the remote GUI session? eg: Does it install and kick off NX directly (at bootup) when I install ubuntu-desktop so all I do is install the NX client (on local machine) to point to the public ip? – DeepSpace101 Nov 30 '11 at 21:14
I then also installed NX on the server for remote GUI logins. Too bad I forgot to document my installation steps :| – DeepSpace101 Jan 12 '12 at 20:39

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