Choose server and system
What you need
- a dedicated server (rented or purchased) with the following:
- 100 Mb/s internet connection, or faster, unmetered traffic or cheap/not so much slowed down traffic above monthly 5 TB
- 750 GB or more disk space
- 512 MB RAM or more
- 700 MHz CPU or faster
- basic service, 99.99% uptime guarantee..
- Ubuntu Server 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" with OpenSSH access
As you can see the hardware requirements are quite low, the only difficult one is the hard disk: often dedicated servers come with 120 or 360 GB hard disk, while LMDE mirroring requires at very least 500 GB free space, and a recommended 600 GB. I recommend you 750 GB, so that you won't lack of free space. The cheapest I found in France is a server from OVH's "Kimsufi" class, the "KS 2G" edition: 17.93 € with VAT. From other hosts you start to get 750+ GB at around 100 $ monthly, together with pointless-powerful CPU and RAM: if you can, ask to customize the server config (CPU and RAM doesn't really matter, but big hard disk is mandatory).
Server OS installation
The installing of Ubuntu Server really depends on your hosting provider. Most of the time for rented servers, the hosting provider has a management interface that lets you easily select the system and disk partitioning. If you're housing your own server, you may have to call the datacenter team to be your "eyes and hands" to install Ubuntu Server from ISO. Just go for a basic install, only make sure you get OpenSSH access (or you won't be able to administrate your server, obviously).
Disk partitioning: don't waste any free space, I say. Put a 2 GB swap partition, use the rest for / (root partition).
Once done, you should have a server running Ubuntu Server 12.10, waiting for you to work on it through OpenSSH (root account with password authentication).
In the next post, we gonna do basic configuration (usual user account, access rights, basic security..)