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Whalepool Ubuntu Server Setup

apt-get update 
apt-get upgrade  
apt-get install software-properties-common git vim unzip build-essential curl libcurl4-gnutls-dev libexpat1-dev fontconfig unzip libxml2-dev dh-autoreconf libssl-dev sendmail-bin

Envionment setup

Set hostname

sudo hostname xxxx

Set vim as the default editor

sudo update-alternatives --config editor

Create a new user

sudo adduser wp

Add to the sudo group
usermod -aG sudo wp

Add the users 'wp' to the visudoers with no password required to use the sudo command

ultimate vim

su wp 
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/amix/vimrc.git ~/.vim_runtime
sh ~/.vim_runtime/install_awesome_vimrc.shp


apt-get install git-core zsh  
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"  

zsh themes - eg: mrtazz, norm

termite terminfo

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/thestinger/termite/master/termite.terminfo
tic -x termite.terminfo  


setup passwordless ssh login to the server
dejavu ttf fonts

Server setup

xserver setup


Install firewall

sudo apt-get install ufw

Allow ssh/http

sudo ufw allow ssh
sudo ufw allow http  

Enable the firewall, disable incoming, enable outgoing

sudo ufw enable  
sudo ufw default deny incoming  
sudo ufw default allow outgoing  

Check the status
sudo ufw status verbose

Disable Root login

Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config to:

PermiteRootLogin no

Restart ssh
sudo service ssh restart

Harden network with sysctl settings

Edit /etc/sysctl.conf
Add the following lines:

# IP Spoofing protection
net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1

# Ignore ICMP broadcast requests
net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts = 1

# Disable source packet routing
net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_source_route = 0
net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_source_route = 0 
net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route = 0
net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_source_route = 0

# Ignore send redirects
net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.send_redirects = 0

# Block SYN attacks
net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1
net.ipv4.tcp_max_syn_backlog = 2048
net.ipv4.tcp_synack_retries = 2
net.ipv4.tcp_syn_retries = 5

# Log Martians
net.ipv4.conf.all.log_martians = 1
net.ipv4.icmp_ignore_bogus_error_responses = 1

# Ignore ICMP redirects
net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_redirects = 0
net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_redirects = 0 
net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_redirects = 0

Optional, disable pings

# Ignore Directed pings
net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_all = 1

Reload sysctl
sudo sysctl -p

For more security setup stuff you can check here



sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev bzip2 libbz2-dev libreadline-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev python3-dev tk-dev libyaml-dev`  
pyenv versions
pyenv install [version]
pyenv global [version]

Add pyenv to the PATH variable in cron deploying with pyenv


VRC for Python ~ Automatically mock your HTTP interactions to simplify and speed up testing
Install VCR
Pocha for Python tests ~
Pocha for tests



Erlang is a general-purpose, concurrent, functional programming language
download erlang

sudo apt-get install libwxbase3.0-0v5 libwxgtk3.0-0v5
sudo apt-get install -f 
sudo dpkg -i erlang-solutions_1.0_all.deb


download rabbitmq

wget .deb...
sudo dpkg -i .deb

RabbitMQ Config

  • for >= 3.7 use sample config
    = put in /etc/rabbitmq/
  • edit to enable guest from any ip login and listeners tcp default
  • edit: default user = guess
  • edit: default_pass = a5zYbwGXkXcwBd5C
  • change the password: sudo rabbitmqctl change_password guest a5zYbwGXkXcwBd5C

RMQ Management Console

sudo rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_management
check on http://192.168.1.X:15672/

Delayed Message Exchange

Get the version: sudo rabbitmqctl status
Download correct version from rabbitmq.com
Move .ez to plugins folder eg: /usr/lib/rabbitmq/lib/rabbitmq_server-3.7.2/plugins
enable plugin: sudo rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_delayed_message_exchange





Connection: address:port - 192.168.1.X : 27017

Robomongo Desktop Launcher



sudo apt-get install python-dev


pub/prv key pair with github

cd ~/.ssh && ssh-keygen
Add to github

git config

git config --global user.email "email@email.com"  
git config --global user.name "username"  
git config --global core.editor "vim"  


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Web Dev Environment


Download APR

sudo make install

APR Utils

Download APR UTILS

./configure --with-apr=/usr/local/apr/bin/apr-1-config   
sudo make install 



./configure --prefix=/usr/local/pcre   
sudo make install   


Download HTTPD

./configure --with-apr=/usr/local/apr --with-apr-util=/usr/local/apr --with-pcre=/usr/local/pcre/bin/pcre-config --enable-so `  
sudo make install   

Set HTTPD 'ServerName'~ Avoids apache server name error/notice on startup
sudo vim /usr/local/apache2/conf/httpd.confg

Set the root web directory to be that in your home directory

sudo rm /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/index.html
cd ~
ln -s /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/ www
sudo chown [username]:[username] /usr/local/apache2/htdocs   
sudo /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl -k start  


download php

Linux Friendly Network File Sharing

NFS ~ Enable remote mounting your server from your other linux machines
digialocean.com how to setup an nfs mount on ubuntu 16.04

Server Side
Install support for NFS kernel server
sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

Edit /etc/exports and setup the following line
/home/[username]/www [local-ip](rw,sync,no_root_squash,no_subtree_check)

Reload the new exports file
sudo exportfs -ra

Client Side
Install NFS support files common to client and server
sudo apt-get install nfs-common

Make a directory in your home directory
mkdir ~/remote-server

Mount your remote server
sudo mount [ip address]:/path/on/remote/server /path/on/local/machine

Windows Friendly File Sharing

Samba ~ SMB/CIFS file, print, and login server for Unix
Install Samba
sudo apt-get install samba

Setup a Samba user
sudo smbpasswd -a [username]

Backup original samba config file
sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.orig

Edit the config file
sudo vim /etc/samba/smb.conf

Add to the end of the file:

path = /home/[username]/www
valid users = [username]
read only = no

Restart samba
sudo service smbd restart

Secure Browsing and Connection

Tor Browser

Private Internet Access VPN
Download the openvpn-ip files from here https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn-ip.zip
sudo apt-get install openvpn
Extract the ovpn+crl+ca file to /libs/openvpn-ip.zip to /etc/openvpn
cd /etc/openvpn
sudo openvpn --config uk-manchester.ovpn

IPTables ~ to force either vpn connection or no connection
Set the ip to be that of the ovpn file
Check the lan communication ip

i3 wm


sudo apt-get install i3 xorg-init dmenu

Configure the monitors

If there is a second/third monitor and it hasn't been identified or placed properly, firstly identify the monitor device names with:
Make sure the secondary monitors are not turned off:
xrandr --output Display-1 --auto --off
Set the monitors and placement:
xrandr --output Display-1 --right-of Display-2

i3 config additions

vim .config/i3/confg

# Make the default terminal gnome-terminal
bindsym $mod+Return exec termite 

# Launch Chrome
bindsym $mod+Shift+Return exec chromium --incognito 

# Take a screenshot
bindsym $mod+Print exec screenshot

# Disable the screensaver
exec --no-startup-id xset s off
exec --no-startup-id xset s noblank
exec --no-startup-id xset -dpms

# Command to lock the computer 
bindsym $mod+Control+l exec i3lock -c 000000 -f

# Set some display variables from xrandr 
set $display1 Display-1
set $display2 Display-2 

# Make preset the workspaces to each screen
workspace 0 output $display1
workspace 1 output $display1
workspace 2 output $display1
workspace 3 output $display1
workspace 4 output $display2
workspace 5 output $display2
workspace 6 output $display2
workspace 7 output $display2
workspace 8 output $display2
workspace 9 output $display2

Reload i3

reload i3 with
mod+shift+r to reload the configuration file
mod+shift+r to restart i3 inplace with existing layout/sesion

Essential Apps

Red shift ~ Adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings

KeepassXC ~ password manager

Create email address with cock.li
Ceate account on usenetbucket.com

Sign in/install sabnzbd.org - access at

Install sonarr.tv - radarr.video - configure them with the nzb service - access at http://localhost:8989/

Delgue ~ torrent downloader Install link

Nano ~ a small i3 compatible gui file browser
sudo apt-get install nano

Telegram ~ messaging client
Download link

qTox ~ messaging client
Download link

Teamspeak ~ voice chatting client
Download link

Filezilla ~ ftp client
sudo apt-get install filezilla

ckb-next ~ Corsair keyboard support
May or may not be needed depending on your keyboard, but if you have a corsair keyboard that isn't supported this is the package you'll want
Download link

youtube-dl ~ Download and rip youtube vidoes/extract audio etc
Download link
Example of extracting the audio as mp3:
youtube-dl -x --audio-format="mp3" [url]

Maim ~ quick and easy screenshots
sudo apt-get install maim
To add a screenshot command, mkdir /home/$user/Pictures/Screenshots and add to /home/$user/bin:

maim -s ~/Pictures/Screenshots/$(date +%s).png

Chromium ~ open source version of chrome
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Recommended extensions:

Useful Commands

ffmpeg ogv to mp4
ffmpeg -i lag.ogv -c:v libx264 -preset veryslow -crf 22 -c:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 2 -ac 2 -ar 44100 lag.mp4

Updatedb verbose mode
sudo updatedb.mlocate -v | tee updatedb.log

Useful Links

  • Fake name generator link