How-to Guide Linux Desktop in Docker Running in 60 Seconds

If you ever need a temporary Linux Desktop, use this

  1. Patrick
    About twice a day I get some form of SPAM that asks me to go to a site. I make it a rule not to follow those links from my PCs, ever.

    What happens if you want to open a suspicious link? Or let's say you want a quick Linux GUI in your data center but do not want to install a VM. Perhaps you do not have a provisioning template.

    Step 1: Fire up the docker image:
    docker run -it --rm -p 6080:80 -p 5900:5900 -e VNC_PASSWORD=CHANGEME! dorowu/ubuntu-desktop-lxde-vnc
    Change "CHANGEME!" to another password.

    Step 2: Connect via VNC on port 5900

    I am a MobaXterm user so the built-in VNC connection option works fine.

    Step 3: Get going!

    Docker VNC Ubuntu LXDE Desktop.JPG

    You can do things like add volumes, but this lets you create a throwaway container.

    Kill the container and wipe the next time you need a temporary Linux desktop.
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