I've finally been able to setup WP on my Ubuntu 9.10 machine for local development only.
I access WP via http://localhost/blog
The issue that I am running into now is whenever I attempt to download a theme, or plugin, I receive the error, "Failed to connect to FTP Server localhost:21"
I've been reading up on this, and it seems that some people are arguing (http://wordpress.org/support/topic/224221/page/2?replies=35) that this has to do with improperly set permissions, so the installations via the WP web interface aborts and resorts to FTP (which ALSO doesn't work for me).
Ideally, I would just like the installation of themes/plugins to occur within the WP web interface, not through an FTP.
Just a reminder that I am only using WP right now for local development on my home desktop machine.
Anyway, if anyone can help me with this problem, it would be more than appreciated!
P.S. I have also tried this guide here: http://www.nerdgrind.com/wordpress-automatic-upgrade-plugin-failed-or-not-working/ but i dont believe it was meant for an Ubuntu localhost setup of WP. When i attempt the command "/usr/sbin/setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect=1" that is located at the proposed solution about halfway down the webpage (after "What To Do To Fix the Permission and Upgrade Problem"), my terminal outputs: "-bash: /usr/sbin/sestatus: No such file or directory". But anyway, i'm not sure if this is the right direction for a solution to this problem on my local setup.