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My VNC based development environment with Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu

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I've used this setup for my development environment for several years - giving me a developer desktop I can access anywhere. Even from my mobile phone. I've been fixing bugs, writing code and deployed emergency fixes from the bus, train and mountain tops.

The setup is based on a lightweight desktop environment. There are lot of alternatives, but I've chosen fluxbox. From a plain AWS Amazon Ubuntu 16.04 ec2 instance I've started like this:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fluxbox

Download and extract tigervnc from https://github.com/TigerVNC/tigervnc/releases (I downloaded the binary file from https://bintray.com/tigervnc/stable/tigervnc/1.7.0 named tigervnc-1.7.0.x86_64.tar.gz )

then extract:
tar -xvzf tigervnc-1.7.0.x86_64.tar.gz
You need to install:
sudo apt-get install x11-xkb-utils
You need to edit .vnc/xstartup:
nano .vnc/xstartup
last line replace "twm &" with:
fluxbox &
Then you can start the vnc server:
./tigervnc-1.7.0.x86_64/usr/bin/vncserve…