Installing Ubuntu on a RPi

  1. I will be using  Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ‘classic’.
    On the RPi site they mention Rpi pic
    the Snappy version of Ubuntu for IoT. This is not the one I want, as it doesn’t use the normal Ubuntu method for getting software (apt-get). The classic Ubuntu image is linked here. This image has SSH pre-installed, so you can boot without ever using a monitor.
    Writing the image to an SD card on Windows can be done with Win32 Disk Imager
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DNScrypt with Ubuntu 14.04 on RPi 2

Got this working on a Raspberry Pi 2 by using several sets of instructions… All commands are done on the command line in a terminal instance.

  1. These instructions got the actual software onto my machine. Since there is no build for ubuntu, the code must be compiled on the local machine – starting with the dependent encryption suite ‘libsodium’ first .
    • From the linked instructions “I also recommend installing the build-essential packages in case you’re missing compilers.”
      apt-get install build-essential
    • Download the libsodium to a useable directory, I used /media/libsodium which I created first using
      sudo mkdir /media/libsodium
      cd /media/libsodium

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Installing an FTP server on RPi 2 running ubuntu

My RPi 2 is running Ubuntu-trusty from here, and I needed to add an FTP server. The FTP server will host a folder on a ntfs USB drive. Initially I tried vsftpd, but the vsftpd FTP server sucks and I ended up using a different FTP, proftpd. What I did was loosely based around these instructions.

  1. install proftpd from a terminal window:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install proftpd

    (when a window popped up, I (eventually) I installed as a service since the other option requires more stuff I haven’t installed)

  2. Modify config file using nano text editor:
    sudo nano /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf

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Raspberry PI 2 as a NAS device with torrenting

Update: Installing Ubuntu 14.04 is here (Supported through early 2019).
Note: The RPi2 with officially supported Ubuntu is proving problematic, I want to move to something more reliable.

GOAL:

Use a Raspberry PI as a NAS Seed Box (Network Attached Storage running torrent software). RPi 2 is perfect for this due to running at very low electrical low power and being faster than a Fast Ethernet bottleneck. I initially bought a RPi version 1B which I returned as it couldn’t send files over a wired LAN at 10MB per second (basically the bottleneck for Fast Ethernet (100mbps)). Also I can use a thin client for torrenting on my PC with Deluge rather than just a webUI.

Setup:

  • RPi version 2B running Ubuntu (yay linux).
  • USB Drive formatted in NTFS.
  • Install Samba (windows file sharing).
  • Install Deluge torrent software with a web interface (deluge also supports a remote thin client 🙂 ).

Instructions:

Using a HDMI monitor and keyboard:

  1. Install Ubuntu.
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