Good bye CentOS! Hello Ubuntu

CentOS, Linux, PHP, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Ubuntu
Its been about almost more then two years since I have been playing with CentOS on many different platforms etc. Its very stable but on the other hand, PHP/MySQL updates are very hard to get and still PHP is 5.1.6. I tried EPEL repo and it updated PHP to 5.3.1 but still there were conflicts with stuff and many core packages. So, I thought why not move to Ubuntu since it has just announced 10.04LTS (Long Term Support) in April 2010. Folks at iWeb were really nice to do a reinstall without any charges and also process a memory upgrade request at an amazing 50% discount. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Apache 2 version is 2.2.14 PHP version is 5.3.2 MySQL version is 5.1.41-3ubuntu12 SVN (Subversion) version is 1.6.6 As a comparison…
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How to Install Apache, PHP and MySQL on CentOS

How to, Linux, OpenSource, PHP, Resources, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials
I have seen people installing Apache, PHP and MySQL from source code on a production server. You should NEVER, NEVER, NEVER install these packages from source on an RPM or DEB based Linux distributions. Did I say “NEVER” enough times to make your realize that it is not a good practice? Installing from source is bad idea; there are many reasons for this but the major one is that you will be spending a lot of time keeping the system updated. If you love installing from source then I would suggest using a different distribution e.g. Gentoo. You can build from source if the package is not available in yum but still, try to use “yum” (or “apt-get” on Ubuntu) because it will save a lot of your time when…
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Intall Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10

How to, Linux, OpenSource, Resources, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu
WARNING: Please use this method to install Apache, PHP and MySQL because its more suitable for most of your needs and has options to auto-upgrade your installation. The following method is obsolete and not recommended. After trying to install Apache, MySQL and PHP on Ubuntu 8.10 via several methods listed over the web. I opted for xampp package for linux. It is as easy as ABC Download the xampp linux package from their official website [code lang="plain"]wget http://nchc.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/xampp/xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz[/code] (I have selected NCHC, Taiwan as the mirror to download this package, you may try another) Extract the files [code lang="plain"]sudo tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.tar.gz -C /opt[/code] Chmod the files to have nobody ownership [code lang="plain"]sudo chown -R nobody:root /opt/lampp/[/code] Configure xampp security [code lang="plain"]sudo /opt/lampp/lampp security[/code] Start xampp with this command [code…
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Ubuntu 8.10, Perfect Linux distro for PHP development

Linux, OpenSource, Resources, Reviews, Thoughts, Ubuntu
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. For those new to Ubuntu,…
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