Letting Ubuntu resolve .local domains from network DNS servers

Ubuntu uses the Avahi Daemon to rewrite .local domains to always be localhost. This can be prevented by editing the config file sudo gedit /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf and setting changing #domain-name=local into domain-name=.localhost (note that there needs to be a . between the name you select and the = mark. After doing this run sudo service avahi-daemon restart
to make the changes happen.

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