Changing the hostname for Ubuntu Jaunty

Linux is just never quite ready for the mainstream because of little things like not being able to set the name of your computer. Here’s how to do it graphically in Ubuntu Jaunty.

You need to install the “Network” application

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It used to be installed in previous versions, but it’s missing from Jaunty.

Find & Install Network

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1. Select “All” 2. Select “All Open Source applications” 3. Search for “Network” 4. Select “Network” from the list. (You’ll have to scroll the list half-way down) 5. Apply Changes

Apply

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You may need to enter your password

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Wait while the software is installed

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Double-click Network

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Unlock the Network Settings

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Authenticate: Enter your password (again)

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Select General and Change your Hostname

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1. Select the General tab 2. Change your hostname 3. Click anywhere else

Confirm the Change

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Close the Add/Remove program

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Restart your computer

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A lot of programs will not work properly unless you restart.

For future use, find Network under the System -> Administration menu

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  • sr105

    This is why Linux will never be ready for the desktop.

  • How is it done more naturally? e.g. ‘sudo hostname ‘

  • sr105

    Reading back over the post, I now realize that I forgot that the whole point of that exercise was to do it graphically.