I recently felt the urge to have a development testing environment on Linux (LAMP). I tried CentOS first since it is one of the leading industry standard Linux server. I was disappointed to see that CentOS does not have a 5.2.x series of PHP that I could install via “yum” (am not a very advance user so does not wanted to build it by typing long queries in SSH just to find out that I left some core thing in the first place).
I did a bit of research and found out that Ubuntu could be a better choice. Luckily I had the latest version of Ubuntu already shipped via Postal Mail (aka Snail Mail) and this time the CDs DID get through the customs.
Ubuntu 8.10, the latest release, is a breeze to install and start running. I used VMWare Workstation to run it on my Windows installation.