Disable annoying console message
echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs

Disable graphical GRUB:
vi /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""
uncomment GRUB_TERMINAL=console
update-grub

Static IP:
vi /etc/network/interfaces
iface eth0 inet static
address 192.168.10.xxx
netmask 255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.10.1

Ghost install:

https://docs.ghost.org/docs/install
Prior to ghost install...
sudo mysql -u root -p
use mysql;
update user set password=PASSWORD("xxxxxx") where User='root';
update user set authentication_string=password(''), plugin='mysql_native_password' where user='root';
flush privileges;
quit;