Setting up Vivado on an Amazon EC2 instance – Part 2


Note: int the end of the video (by 14:00) I attempt to install KDE. It installs fine but a nasty bug introduced in Plasma – believe it in the Weather plugin – prevents KDE to start. Therefore I proceeded with Gnome in the next part, which is not my primary choice. If you really really want KDE, you will have to request an instance with Ubuntu 14.04 – it works fine by the way.

With the base Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system installed in the AWS Amazon cloud, we proceed to refine the graphical interface needed for Vivado

  1. Log in to your AWS instance using Putty
  2. Update and upgrade your operating system – this is needed
  3. Reboot

Xorg/X11 setup

  1. Install a dummy Xorg driver (xserver-xorg-video-dummy) for headless operation – this will make possible to run at higher resolutions (otherwise it is limited to 800×600).
  2. Create a xorg.conf configuration file adding more video memory to the device and set up any custom resolution you want (use cvt for modeline)

Install VNC

  1. Install apt-get install tightvncserver`  (recommended over x11vnc and vnc4server)
  2. Run vncserver and enter a password for locking VNC
  3. Kill vncserver with "vncserver -kill :1"  and edit .vnc/xstartup

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