Ubuntu Server Installation
Step by step instructions for installing Ubuntu Server ready to install the hotspot.
Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS) is tested and currently supported. Debian 6 is also currently supported
- Boot off the Ubuntu Server CD.
- Select your language and then select Install Ubuntu Server
- Select your location and keyboard following the prompts
- Allow the installer to detect your hardware
- As you have 2 network cards installed, it should ask you which one is the primary one.
- When it asks for a hostname, choose something descriptive to your location. This hostname is used to identify the system for remote support so something other than hotspot would be good.
- It will then attempt to setup the clock, if it gets the wrong timezone, just select the correct one.
- Soon it will ask you about partitioning the disk.
- Choose the first option to use guided partitioning and use the entire disk.
- The confirm the changes it prompts to write to disk and watch as it formats the drives ready for the new install
- It will then start installing the base system. On a slower computer, now is a good time to go have a coffee break or something.
- Enter your name when asked for the new user account. This will be your local account, not the remote assistance account
- Choose a username for yourself
- Choose a secure password
- Re-enter your password again when prompted
- Choose not to encrypt your home directory
- It will now setup the APT sources etc
- Select to automatically install security updates
- When it asks what software you want to install, choose LAMP Server and OpenSSH Server
- At this stage it will probably ask you to set a password for the MySQL root user. Do this and if it’s different from your normal password, remember it as you will need it later
- Install GRUB to the Master Boot Record
- The install is now finished, eject the CD and reboot
- You should be presented with a login screen similar to the following