Minecraft have become unbelievable popular. Simple graphics in a huge sandbox with total freedom seems to do the tricks.
We will assume the server is about empty and clean.
First thing we’ll do is update apt-get.
If you don’t have Java 1.6 or higher, we will need to install Java.
To check your java version
If it don’t return anything, or version number lower than 1.6, then install it.
apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
To be able to run the server without having the console open, install screen.
apt-get install screen
make a directory for it, like home/minecraft (you can of course make a user for it too)
move over to minecraft folder and download the server (latest current version is 1.72)
Start the Minecraft server.
screen java -Xmx512M -Xms512M -jar minecraft_server.1.7.2.jar nogui
Xmx512M = Maxium 512MB memory
Xms512M = Startup with 512MB memory
Press ctrl+a and then ctrl+d to de-attach from the console for the Minecraft server.
Later I’ll show some Minecraft config stuff.