Tunneling X over SSH on Ubuntu 9.10

“Just a second”, you’re thinking, “I thought this blog was supposed to be about Oracle stuff ?”
This is true…broadly speaking. However, I’ve spent a fair chunk of the last week playing with Ubuntu 9.10 server working up to putting Oracle on it. This particular mini-adventure will come in handy when I come to do the actual install as Oracle uses a graphical interface as it’s main installation tool.

So, this tuneling X over SSH sounds pretty impressive. Tuneling itself sounds very technical, a fact augmented by the inclusion of a TLA in the phrase. And the X just serves to make it sound rather mysterious and exciting.

As is so often the case in such matters, the truth is rather more prosaic. Continue reading

Installing Ubuntu Server and SSH setup

It is said that the Devil makes work for idle hands. I’ve got a week off. I know, I’ll have a crack at setting up an Ubuntu server on a desktop PC.
Note to self – I really must get a life. Apparently they can be quite useful.

Right now, however, it’s probably a good idea to set out what I’m trying to achieve here.

This server is just something for me to play around with at home. I don’t need to worry too much about large amounts of traffic.
I want to keep my holiday snaps and my music on it so I can access them from the other machines in my house.

I also want to install Oracle 11g on it at some point, so I have somewhere to play with an up-to-date version of Oracle.
As 11g tends to get a bit sniffy if it’s got a GB or less of physical memory to play with, I need to make sure that the host machine has enough memory to accommodate it.

I’ll post about the Samba setup and Oracle installation separately. For now, I want to concentrate on the initial Server installation and SSH setup. Continue reading