Configuring Ubuntu Server

Changing Hostname & Password

sudo passwd root

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname new-computer-name-here

Installing GUI

Ubuntu-mate-core in this case, is for the sake of easiness in integrating Google Drive


# note that this should be done via vnc to avoid unnecessary compatibility errors
sudo tasksel install ubuntu-mate-core
sudo service lightdm start
The login screen will start, login with root
If any error found after logging saying inappropriate ioctl:

1) open /root/.profile
2) remove mesg || true
3) replace it with:

tty -s && mesg n

Change Timezone


sudo apt install ntp
sudo unlink /etc/localtime
sudo ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Jakarta /etc/localtime

Make appropriate settings to ensure local time is always synced with server time
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Integrating Google Drive compatibility

Integrating Google Drive compatibility as drive mount

Ref:; choosing OCamLFuse as gnome-control-center account is defective as it can’t open mounted GDrive device

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# OCamLFuse
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandro-strada/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-drive-ocamlfuse
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# exit sudo environment by typing: exit
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# this is unnecessary if you are satisfied with OCAMLFUSE
# prerequisites rust
curl -sSf | sh
# Choose option 1 to continue installation
source $HOME/.cargo/env
rustc --version (to verify installation)
# installing gcsf
# depending on the errors you might encountered, sometime you need to install libssl-dev beforehand
sudo apt install libssl-dev
cargo install gcsf
gcsf login ostechnix ; then follow the instruction to authorize app accessing gdrive
mkdir ~/GCSF-GDrive
sudo vi /etc/fuse.conf ; uncomment user_allow_other
gcsf mount ~/GCSF-GDrive -s ostechnix
-- to run process in background
press Ctrl+Z
df -h ; to see where your Google drive is mounted
mount | grep GCSF
sudo fusermount -u ~/GCSF-GDrive ; to unmount

Installing Samba Share


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Install python


sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
sudo apt install python3.7
python3.7 --version ; to check the installed python version
sudo apt install python3-pip ; install pip3

# set python 3 for default when run python
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3.6 1
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3.7 2
sudo update-alternatives --config python
# choose python3.7 as primary

# install pip
sudo apt install python3-pip
sudo apt install python3-venv

pip3 install virtualenv

----- create snapshot

Create phpmyadmin username & database

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Configuring mod_wsgi

Tutorial how to use mod_wsgi on Apache

Mod_Wsgi with virtual environment

Deploying Django

# open ubuntu shell
export DJANGO_SECRET_KEY='{YOUR_SECRET_KEY}' ; copy from django
export DJANGO_DB_USERNAME='root'
export DJANGO_DB_PASSWORD='{db_password}'
export DJANGO_DEBUG=False

# uncomment SECRET_KEY and DEBUG in
# add these new lines
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# install mysqlclient
# first dont forget to activate virtualenv
sudo apt install python-dev 
sudo apt install default-libmysqlclient-dev
sudo apt install libmysqlclient-dev
sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev
pip install pymysql
pip install mysqlclient
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