Early Ice on the western shore of Lake Erie 11/24/14

This blog runs on a Ubutnu 14.04 OS desktop installation on a MiniITX Gigabyte Celeron board that draws very little power at less than 20 watts.  This is running via a Dynamic DNS connection.  DC9.com is redirected to the DDNS company (DYN) who forwards it to this server which runs on a DSL connection.

The OS was installed and then these websites were referenced to install a LAMP server, and then Joomla.
Joomla is very easy to use but more powerful than WordPress.   I found that WordPress "got in the way" a lot.   I'm not getting the same impression with Joomla. 

Here are the links I used:


Install the LAMP server with this - use the one line script:

Or, if you want to do it the hard way.. follow this link.

Setting up the FTP server (not required but very handy )


Keep in mind that you can copy and paste from a website to the terminal window.    Do a right click in the terminal window to see the paste.   :-)

Also if you use Windows to work on your blogs/websites, then the BitVise SSH Client is a handy way to run it remotely.

Joomla Extensions:

The default "editor" that Joomla uses is TinyMCE which sucks unless you already know how to edit Joomla, which makes no sense.
I downloaded and installed the JCE editor from the Joomla home website and it is much better and free!   To install it in Joomla, go to extensions, browse for the .zip file
and install the package.  

 I realized after I got this blog up that it was missing a major item on the blogsite..  COMMENTS!!! 

So I added another extension to Joomla called "Komento".   Komento is a free extension for Joomla Articles that is added in via the extension manager in Joomla.  I tried to upload the .zip file for the package but the upload would not work.    So I fired up Bitvise and via the FTP copied the unzipped files into the servers tmp directory for this website and then did an "install from directoy" from within the Joomla extension manager.   That worked.    I thought I would have to restart something but the comments function neatly showed up below each article!  :-)