Linode VM: Linux & Ubuntu setup


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First head over to:

Want another method?





Already have an account? Skip ahead!

In the top right, select Sign Up and select how you want to start the sign-up process.


This next paragraph will just briefly describe what to do for the setup process.

For my demo, I selected Sign Up with Google. If you want to use an actual email, please do so as you wish.

For the google method, you will be prompted to select a google account or to add a new one. Once you do this, type a fancy username for your linode account, then you will need to verify your phone number to security purposes.

Next, add your billing info and choose a payment type. You can do a 7-day money back refund policy if needed. I am not showing screenshots of this area due to my billing and payment privacy. I am not held liable if you create any overage charges outside of this trial period. Please be responsible.

After you have all of this filled out, scroll down and select Create Account to finalize things.



Now you are ready to go! Select Go to Cloud Manager. You will be on the landing screen for all VM instances. Select Create Linode.


For my distro I will be changing and using the following settings:

  • Images: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Region: Dallas, TX (Does not matter where truly)
  • Shared CPU: Linode 2GB ($10/month)
  • Linode Label: ubuntu-linode (Does not matter)

Root Password, just make sure it has a Strength of Good and do not forget it of course.

You may add an SSH key if you wish but with Linode, it is not enforced which is nice for simplicity but I do recommend using one if you are doing something permanent or long term.


  • Backup: keep off unless you are doing something permanent.
  • Private IP: YES/ON



Finally ad the bottom select Create Linode.

Next it will be in Provisioning mode. Wait a few moments until it says Booting and then finally Running.


You are now ready to ssh into this vm! Under the SSH Access row, go ahead and copy the text. For example:

ssh root@YOUR_IP

Now open a new command prompt (cmd) on windows or terminal/shell on Mac/Linux.

You will get a ECDSA key fingerprint prompt. This will allow authorization for the handshake to the VM. If you accept this, type yes and press enter to connect.

Then type your password and you are now in your VM!


Congrats! You are an Linode Distro VM wizard! ๐Ÿค˜

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