testing the ubuntu linux in web server use

I am now starting the experimental migration from Windows world to the great unknown… that is, I am trying to run my own server now in an Ubuntu Linux box. The initial impressions are that this is an awkward hybrid: half graphical OS, yet more than half needs to be done with the command line. Might suit some, but I am really a graphical UI oriented person these days. Grrrr…

Edit: tonight, I have now configured and reconfigured both the Apache webserver, SSH/SFTP services, the user accounts and associated home directories and use rights a few times, in various combinations. While also being perplexed why some directories, terminal windows or applications follow the UTF-8 character set, while others go with the old (Latin1 / ISO 8859-1) scheme, and how to get them work together, why VNC clients (Win –> Linux box) do not appear to be able to transmit AltGr keys (needed in Scandinavian keyboards to input such essential keys as ‘@’) like the Windows XP Remote Desktop… And so on and so forth. But: if you are able to read this, then this OS/application set works at least to some point, and thus Ubuntu cannot be so bad? 🙂

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

2 thoughts on “testing the ubuntu linux in web server use”

  1. No matter how much I’d like to like Linux, several attempts over the years have shown me that life’s just too short for being used to figure it out.

  2. I’ve also experienced some problems with AltGr keys when remotely connecting Win -> Win. Interestingly enough the key combinations worked with some computers while some didn’t work at all. Win XP SP2 in every one of them.

    Perhaps some day Linux will eventually make it into the desktop… hasn’t got me convinced yet.

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