If you have found this page, you likely know it is a bit of a pain to get updates and plugin installs to work within Wordpress and a vanilla Ubuntu install. So this post a quickie to tell about what setup I am using to get it work.
First, the ftp server I am using. I tried `vsftpd`, but got lots of permissions problems when I tried to apply the updates or install patches. I played around with permissions and owners for a bit, but gave up.
Instead I tried `proftpd`, but it was also a pain to get working at first. It turns out, it worked fine once I changed the server type from `"inet` to `standalone` in the `/etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf` file!
For permissions, I added my own user to the `www-data` group and then just give my login information to the wordpress interface to install the updates.