Have anyone tried this? I’m not into VMs, just tried to install Ubuntu 14.04 on Oracle VirtualBox and it tottaly works. But when I log in with Putty, connection drops due Discourse install each time. I got error: “Server unexpectedly closed network connection”. What’s happening?
Also, will I be able to run Discourse without external IP?
Take a look at the following topic if you want to have a development environment:
If you don’t need a development environment then install a Linux distribution of you choice (like Ubuntu) as virtual machine and then follow the Beginner Docker install guide (ignore the stuff about Digital Ocean).
Yes, you don’t need a public IP address in order to access it from your computer or local network.