I've been playing around a lot with my site, doing an upgrade from Drupal 6 to 7. I also decided to set up a new server on Linode to give them a try (I've heard great things about them). I'm an Ubuntu gal so I had to choose between the LTS (Long Term Service) or the latest. Of course, I ended up picking the latest release, Natty Narwhal (It's a Narwhal!). Once I clicked a button or two to install the new and boot it up, I needed to do some work to make an actual useful web server. Here are my notes from getting things up and running. These aren't extensive notes with lots of explanation, but it is enough for me to get through the process without wasting several hours. Take them for what you want.