Drupal Installer

Once the Drupal 8 branch has completed downloading to your machine, which can take several minutes, you will be able to pull up the Drupal installer in your browser at http://development/drupal8.

Go through the standard drupal install up to the Database configuration screen:

Clone Drupal

Now you can tell SmartGit to clone an existing repository, and give it the url for the Drupal project
http://git.drupal.org/project/drupal.git
Uncheck the "Fetch all Heads and Tags" box, and select the heads/8.0.x branch.

SmartGit

Now you can install SmartGit. I prefer it over other git options for it's visualization of a selected git repo and it's easing of workflow tasks. There is a link on the right side of this page to a debian package: http://www.syntevo.com/smartgit/download. Download the deb file and open it in the Ubuntu Software Center.

JDK

Next follow the instructions here: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/01/install-oracle-java-jdk-7-in-ubuntu-via.html to install the latest jdk. While I respect the folks at Open JDK, this is one of those rare cases where I'll take the freedom hit in exchange for performance and conformity to the defacto standard.

The Drupal Stack

This stage will involve setting up Java, git and a git client. The particular git client I recommend runs on Java, as does the IDE that we will install later.

Configure Apache

You now need to enable the mpm-itk apache module, the rewrite module, and prepare a virtual server entry for apache:

sudo a2enmod mpm_itk
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/development.conf

Now copy the following and paste it into your development.conf file. Then do a text search for "USER", and replace the four instances with your linux username.

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