I have decided to write some books and work on apps from those. One book will be on website building and the other will be on self-hosting.
Therefore I am going to record the set-up, customization, programming and themes of various systems for hosting.
One I know relatively well is Aegir, basically Drupal hosting Drupal with Drush. I am going to work through Aegir 3.8 on Ubuntu Xenial with PHP 7 which is twice as fast.
As a second step I use the Remote Import feature to import sites from an OVH server.
The plan is to build a Drupal 7 and a Drupal 8 site each using my emerging framework.
For a maybe 12 months I volunteered as community organizer for the Aegir Project and co-founded and co-organized an event at the United Nations hosted within nyccamp and opencamps.org.
This event is called Aegir Summit and we had Richard Stallman of Free Software Foundation give the Aegir group a strategy session and he also gave the entire summit a presentation on Free Software. The 2015 Aegir Summit archive site has details on sessions etc and the 2016 Aegir Summit featured NASA hosting with Aegir by Mobomo.
The Aegir Summit mini site has some additional info as does the marketing site Aegir Hosting System and the community site. I also gave a talk at Stanford Drupal Camp (slides) and at SCALE as report-back sessions from the New York event, basically telling my story and advocating commercial free software.
Am working on LXD / LXC I use a partly pre-configured Xenial LXC container
launch a fresh LXC container
enter enter the container and change hostname, hosts and network
lxc exec aegir-devekko-io bash
update and upgrade the container
apt-update && apt-upgrade
edit the /etc/hostname
/etc/hosts files, I turn off ipv6 as I cant use DNS with ipv6 on my LAN and it creates issues
127.0.0.1 aegir.devekko.io aegir-devekko-io localhost REDACTED aegir.devekko.io aegir-devekko-io localhost 10.1.10.115 aegir.devekko.io aegir-devekko-io localhost
The primary network interface
auto eth0:0 eth0:1 iface eth0:0 inet static address REDACTED/28 gateway REDACTED iface eth0:1 inet static address 10.1.10.115/24 dns-nameservers REDACTED 184.108.40.206 dns-search devekko.io
Pre-requisites for Aegir 3.8
From the Aegir docs we first update and upgrade
apt update && apt upgrade
we then check DNS and hostname
uname -a Linux aegir-devekko-io 4.4.0-57-generic #78-Ubuntu SMP Fri Dec 9 23:50:32 UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux hostname -i 127.0.0.1 REDACTED 10.1.10.115
apt install git wget rsync
According to Aegir maintainer colan in response to my ISSUE on Drupal.org he does this for the Postfix MTA, I’ve been caught on this numerous times on Ubuntu and Aegir
apt install postfix bsd-mailx mutt
in Postfix config I choose Internet site and aegir.devekko.io as email domain
inet_interfaces = 127.0.0.1
Install Aegir 3.9
add project repositories
echo "deb http://debian.aegirproject.org stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/aegir-stable.list</pre>
and archive key to keyring
wget -q http://debian.aegirproject.org/key.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt-get update
sudo apt update
Install Aegir 3.9 Debian Packages
sudo apt-get install aegir3
manually enter a Mysql password (some of the Ansible installers handle this)
choose an Aegir UI domain, Aegir is installed
start the file wall
sudo ufw allow http Rules updated Rules updated (v6) [email protected]:~# sudo ufw enable Firewall is active and enabled on system startup
Note, I did actually have issues and had to autoremove and purge postfix and tried to manually install Php etc
Installation did finally work after considerable troubleshooting. I would say that there is defintely something happening during install on Xenial that is not being handled properly.
Aegir is installed, and now its time to add a Drupal 7 and a Drupal 8 site for my project.
More in later blog posts