Have you ever wanted to develop your web application locally. Using VirtualBox you can develop with a near clone of your production environment. Giving you a personal sandbox where you can go crazy before you commit to your teams development server. More here
Go to Debian’s network install iso page to download the stable iso file we will use to install from. Save the file someplace convenient where we can find it later. The Linux distro doesn’t matter, if you can you should use the same as is on your production, staging and testing environments. The more things we keep the same across uses the fewer surprises there will be down the road.