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Ubuntu server…like IT so far?

A few weeks ago, I downloaded and installed Ubuntu server 10.04 on a Toshiba Tecra 8200 series laptop. I downloaded the ISO image from their website (which is a great site, by the way).

For the impatient people… If you cannot wait, you can download the server version or go to the main page.

Where was I? Oh yes. (Sometimes I talk to myself while typing these, so get over IT) Anyway, I downloaded the ISO image, and then burned it to CD on my Microshaft Windows XP Media Center running on a Dell Dimension E510. I burned it with a free program called InfraRecorder. Then I simply loaded the CD into the laptop CD/DVD drive and went through the default installation process, which anyone can do.

I noted that with this version (10.04), you can setup a Linux / Ubuntu server and add additional applications. I choose to create a LAMP server. You merely need to select the option. Presuming you have an Internet connection or you are connected local area network that allows DHCP clients, it will also automatically setup your network, go out and get the install packages, and when complete, you will have a fully functioning LAMP server!

For those of you who do not know how to use Linux commands, be aware that the server version by default is not installed with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) interface. I would recommend you try the Ubuntu desktop instead. Again, you will need to create a CD from the ISO image that you download. If you do not know how to burn an ISO image to a CD-ROM disc, please get the free program listed above.

Jeez, I went off on a tangent there…you’d think I’m getting paid for each of these links or something… Getting back to the Ubuntu server, I went in and modified the default index.html page, and entered some really basic HTML.

[ Edger Heckten Tip: I wanted to find out the IP address assigned via DHCP to my LAMP server, so I simply logged in, opened a command prompt, and typed ifconfig. ]

Then I went back to my Dell E510, typed in the IP address into my Firefox web browser and the web pages I just created showed up. If I had not already created literally hundreds of web pages, this would have been a memorable occasion. Instead, I remarked “cool.” and moved on.

Ok, so what are your thoughts about IT? Let me know right here – post your comments!