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Build A Linux Server For Less Than $100 - #16

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Published: May 15, 2020

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Are you a developer that is just getting started but you need a Linux server for development? Take a look at how I have our local Linux development server setup. I used a Samsung solid-state drive and VirtualBox to create a versatile and fully-functional local Ubuntu Linux for less than $100.

I use a server setup like this for local development with my business and it works wonders. It can be moved, does not break easily, and can be saved and transferred to another SSD quickly and efficiently.

Let's get started by creating our server using our trusty SSD, VirtualBox and Ubuntu.

Buy the Samsung SSD we used:

Applications Used

Virtual Box v6.1:

Ubuntu Server v20.04LTS:

Samsung SSD:

Computer Hardware:

Windows 10 Pro: (Amazon)

Samsung 500GB External SSD: (Amazon)

Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB - M.2 NVMe: (Amazon)

Rosewill Hive-750S R750W PSU: (Amazon)

Phanteks Eclipse Tempered Glass Case: (Amazon)

MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen Motherboard: (Amazon)

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB: (Amazon)

LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor: (Amazon)

Corsair 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 Memory: (Amazon)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor: (Amazon)

Dell XPS 15 9500 15.6" Laptop / Windows: (Amazon)

Lenovo ThinkPad T15 15.6" Laptop / Linux: (Amazon)


Fujifilm X-T3: (Amazon)

Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4: (Amazon)


Audio Technica AT2020: (Amazon)

Blue Snowball iCE: (Amazon)


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