This presentation will cover the basics of what you need to know to host a small, local Minecraft server on an Ubuntu Server box as well as what my experiences have been with doing so over the past two years. I will cover the prerequisites for hardware and software, setting up configuring the server, some of the scripts I use to help with administration, lessons learned, and various other tid-bits.
Please note that I run a small server out of my home for my friends and do not have experience running hosted servers or servers for tens or hundreds of players at once. Some of my discussion could be scaled to larger communities, but I can't speak matter-of-factly on this. I am a user and want to share my experiences and help others get started.
You do not need to be an expert server admin to understand my presentation; however, I will be doing everything on the server-side from the command line and a base understanding of it will be beneficial to you.