How to set up Linux desktop environment in the cloud with DigitalOcean droplet

# 1. Installing XFCE and VNC server
apt update
apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies tightvncserver
# 1.1. If you're on you will need more packages
apt install xfonts-base x11-xserver-utils
# 2. Initial VNC server config# Prompts to set up password for VNC server here...
# Allow clients to connect to X server from any host
# inspired by
DISPLAY=:1 xhost +
# 3. Now creating proper config and restarting the server
vncserver -kill :1
mv ~/.vnc/xstartup ~/.vnc/xstartup.bakcat << EOF > ~/.vnc/xstartup
xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
startxfce4 &
chmod +x ~/.vnc/xstartup# 4. Creating a user accountexport USERNAME="username" # Replace with desired user nameuseradd --create-home $USERNAME
adduser $USERNAME sudo
passwd $USERNAME
# Copy ssh keys to new user
mkdir -p /home/$USERNAME/.ssh
cp ~/.ssh/authorized_keys /home/$USERNAME/.ssh/
# Copy VNC settings to a new user
mkdir -p /home/$USERNAME/.vnc
cp ~/.vnc/xstartup /home/$USERNAME/.vnc/
chown -R $USERNAME:$USERNAME /home/$USERNAME/.vnc/
# 5. Start VNC server# Stop command. Just in case. Ignore errors here
su $USERNAME -c "vncserver -kill :1"
# Start
su $USERNAME -c "vncserver -depth 24 -geometry 1280x800"
# 6. How to stop VNC server when you are done?
# su $USERNAME -c "vncserver -kill :1"
Continue with setting up XFCE per your needs
su username -c "vncserver -kill :1"
su username -c "vncserver -depth 24 -geometry 1280x800" vnc



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