Java 8 on Ubuntu 14.04

Getting Java 8 on Ubuntu 14.04 is a topic that is very hotly debated (1, 2, 3, etc, etc) but it looks like this important piece of software won’t officially make it into Ubuntu 14.04 in any time frame that is useful – I’m writing this May 2015, OpenJDK 8 was released March 2014 and it doesn’t look any closer to being included now than it did then.Continue reading

Installing WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Part 1

WordPress is currently the most popular CMS (Content Management System) on the internet by a long way, in fact it accounts for nearly 50% of all websites if the statistics are to be believed. The reason for this is simplicity combined with power. It’s easy to quickly set up a website or blog and if you are self hosting it costs nothing as all the software is open source. In this guide I’ll walk you though installing WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) server. I’m going to be working against the most current the LTS version of Ubuntu which is 14.04.2 but these instructions will almost certainly work fine for any version of Ubuntu close to this.Continue reading

BIND Query Refused

I’ve just set up a new BIND DNS server for a new network. I configured the network in a way I’ve not done before which was to have the servers on a different subnet to the regular machines and other devices. I prefer this set up but it has resulted in me having to do some reading up about network configuration. Anyway, all was going well until I switched over to my new DNS server…Continue reading