What you will learn

In this article, you will learn how you can use your Ubuntu Linux machine to open a serial console on a cisco device.

Requirements

  • Privileged access to your Ubuntu machine
  • A serial cable

Conventions

# - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to proceed

Install screen

In this step you need to install screen, a program that will allow you to open the serial console fo your cisco device.
$ sudo apt install screen

Introduction

Etherpad is an Open Source, web-based and real-time collaborative editor. It allows multiple persons, using their web browsers to edit a document at the same time. It also offers some cool features like rich text formatting and instant messaging.

The objective is to install Etherpad on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.

Conventions

# - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu machine.

Steps to follow

Install the prerequisites

In this first stage, let's install git, curl, libssl-dev, python and build-essential.
$ sudo apt install git curl python libssl-dev pkg-config build-essential

Install node.js

Etherpad relies on node.js. We will install its latest stable version by using the following linux commands:
$ wget https://nodejs.org/dist/v6.9.2/node-v6.9.2-linux-x64.tar.xz
$ tar xJf node-v6.9.2-linux-x64.tar.xz
$ sudo mkdir /opt/nodejs/ && mv node-v6.9.2-linux-x64/* /opt/nodejs
$ echo "PATH=$PATH:/opt/nodejs/bin" >> ~/.profile

Introduction

Whether you want to be able to connect remotely to your corporate network or to construct a virtual network between two remote points, through an unsecure network (eg: Internet), you will somehow need a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN allows you to securely connect to a remote LAN (Local Area Network) through Internet or untrusted networks.

SoftEther is an Open Source VPN Server, an alternative to OpenVPN. It's thought to be the world's most powerful and easy-to-user multi-protocol VPN software. Our article concerns how to setup SoftEther on Ubuntu Xenial Xerus Linux.

What you will need

  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Linux
  • A 30 GB available disk space is recommended
  • A root privilege
Note that binaries used for this article are x64 architectures. If your machine is not x64, you need to choose the suitable binaries.

Conventions

# - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
> - given command to be executed from vpncmd command line interface

Preparing the server

Upgrade the system:
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade
Install (if not installed yet) build-essential for compilation purpose:
$ sudo apt install build-essential

Objective

Popcorn Time streams movies and TV shows from torrents directly into your screen. The objective is to install Popcorn Time movie streamer on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Instructions

Download Popcorn Time binaries

In this step we will download and extract Popcorn Time binaries into /opt/popcorn-time directory:
$ sudo mkdir /opt/popcorn-time
FOR 32-BIT SYSTEM EXECUTE:
$ sudo wget -qO- https://get.popcorntime.sh/build/Popcorn-Time-0.3.10-Linux-32.tar.xz | sudo tar Jx -C /opt/popcorn-time
FOR 64-BIT SYSTEM EXECUTE:
$ sudo wget -qO- https://get.popcorntime.sh/build/Popcorn-Time-0.3.10-Linux-64.tar.xz | sudo tar Jx -C /opt/popcorn-time

Objective

Go is an open source programming language developed by Google. The objective is to install latest Go language pre-compiled binaries on Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Instructions

Download Go language binaries

First, we need to download Go language binaries. Visit https://golang.org/dl/ page and either download your relevant Golang Linux libraries directly using your browser or simply use wget command as shown below:
$ wget -q https://storage.googleapis.com/golang/go1.7.4.linux-amd64.tar.gz
Once downloaded, you should be able to see the Go tarball with ls command:
$ ls go*
go1.7.4.linux-amd64.tar.gz

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