I used Linux for development at Oracle, and in my undergrad OS course, but never really set up a Linux machine before. I always only had 1 machine, and it’s really painful to install Linux without having a connection to the internet
I gave up on trying to get Ubuntu server to connect with the network. I think the problem could be that I do not have a router, and am connecting the desktop straight to the modem. I have not gotten networking to work on Ubuntu desktop either, but hopefully that will change soon.
Edit: “Hello world! Blogging from my Ubuntu desktop!” Turns out that the network connection just works upon reboot. After spending ~3 hours trying to configure the Ubuntu server network connection yesterday, this is like magic.