Upgrading from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 (Artful Aardvark)

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) will be released on October 19, 2017. This version will be supported for 9 months until July 2018. For those looking for long term support versions of Ubuntu, they may want to install Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) or wait for then upcoming 18.04 (LTS). The LTS versions are usually supported for 5 years.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to upgrade from Ubuntu 17.04 to 17.10 when it is released in October. I’m writing this tutorial so that when 17.10 is released you can come back and use this guide to upgrade your system.

If you don’t want to do an in-place upgrade, you can download the ISOs image from its download page and upgrade from the CD/DVD or do a clean install.

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Create Self Signed Certificates for Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

Here’s a quick tip on creating self-signed SSL certificates on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10. Self-signed certs are those are are primarily used in test environments or within a company’s infrastructure.

Self signed certificates are created, validated by the creator. No third-parties are involved to validate that the certificates are trusted and validated independantly. These certificates are different from public certificates in that the public certs are trusted and validated by an independent entity.

So, the creator of the certificates is not the one who validates it. That’s why they’re called self-signed certificates.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to create these certificates on Ubuntu systems.

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Switch to Static IP Address on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to configure static IP addresses on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 servers or desktop computers. When installing Ubuntu, the default network setting is to configure the server or desktop to obtain its IP addresses via DHCP discover.

If you don’t configure alternative network settings during Ubuntu installation, the Ubuntu machine will continue to get its IPs via DHCP server provided there’s one on the network distributing IP addresses.

If you decide to change the server network from DHCP to static settings after installing, continue with the steps below to accomplish that.

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Adding New Users to Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to easily add new user accounts to Ubuntu systems. Whether you’re a system administrator managing a server or a home user, adding new users to Ubuntu is something you might want to learn how.

By default after installing Ubuntu, the account created during the installation is the primary user of the systems. The root user account is disabled. No other user accounts are active.. so in order to provide unique access to users, you must create accounts for them.

There are many ways to create accounts on Ubuntu, but the easiest is using the methods below

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Setting Up WordPress on Ubuntu – Installing LEMP

Part two of this series can be found here

This is post number three ( 3 ) of this series and it’s optional. Our new series about setting up WordPress on Ubuntu shows students and new users how to install and manage WordPress on Ubuntu. This part three ( 3 ) post is only needed if you want WordPress to be powered by LEMP instead of LAMP.

In part two of the series, we showed students how to install the LAMP stack on Ubuntu. The LAMP stack is an acronym for Linux, Apache2, MySQL and PHP. LAMP is the most popular opensource stack to run website and applications.

In this post we’ll show you how to install LEMP on Ubuntu. LEMP is an acronym for Linux, Engine-X (Nginx), MySQL or PHP. Students have the option to either go LAMP or LEMP.

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Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu 17.04 Servers

VirtualBox Guest Additions software allows for better integration between the guest machines and the host computer. When you install VirtualBox guest machine, the first thing you’ll want to do is install its Guest Additions software.

This post is going to show students and new users how to install the guest tools on Ubuntu servers without Ubuntu desktop. Most of the tutorials online will show you how to do it in a desktop environment. Installing the guest tools on Ubuntu desktop is easy.

In fact, VirtualBox automatically launch its installer when you insert the virtual CD of the tools in a desktop environment.

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Install Apache2 and Disable Directory Listing on Ubuntu

Apache2 is the most popular webservers in used today. Majority of the websites and web apps that are in operation are most likely running Apache2 web server.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Apache2 on Ubuntu 17.04 and how to disable directory listing or indexing to prevent exposing sensitive directories.

When you install Apache2 by default, all directories are exposed by default. All directories are indexed and listed by default.

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Installing Joomla 3.7 on Ubuntu 17.04

Joomla is an open source content management system that allows webmasters to create dynamic and powerful websites and applications. It’s runs on the LAMP or LEMP stack just like WordPress.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to easily install Joomla CMS on Ubuntu 17.04. This guide should also apply to previous and future releases of Ubuntu.

Joomla is probably the second or third most popular CMS out there, just behind WordPress. If you tried WordPress and it didn’t meet your needs, you may want to try Joomla CMS.

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How to Increase WordPress Upload File Size

Installing WordPress is pretty easy. Many of our tutorials on this site about installing WordPress can be accomplished in about 15 minutes. Once WordPress is installed, managing it can be a little tricky for new users and students.

One of the many issues new users and students find after installing WordPress is uploading new themes or plugins that are huge in size. By default, WordPress installed using PHP can only allow probably file size that are 2MB and less.

Uploading anything above that size may fail during the process.

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Installing Komodo Edit 10 on Ubuntu 17.04

Komodo Edit is a simple, yet powerful code editor for programmers that provides basic functionality, like editing and writing basic programming codes. It’s more like Notepad++ on Windows systems. If you’re looking for powerful editor on Linux systems, you may want to look at Komodo Edits.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it on Ubuntu 17.04. This post should also apply to previous and future versions of Ubuntu.

For a more advanced version of Komodo, you’ll have to purchase Komodo IDE. It comes with all the power you need to create powerful programs.

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