Well, it really was that easy - and fast - to get started with Hugo and the theme (this theme) recommended in the quick start tutorial is very nice indeed and will suffice now that I’ve made a few minor tweaks.
We use Jeff Geerling’s Drupal-VM to keep our development and live sites’ environments exactly in sync.
The operating system is at exactly the same level
The required software components are exactly the same
The configuration of both operating system and software components are the same.