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Server Room DIY, Installing Apache and Configuring Your Network

Nov 05, 2008, 07:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"When installing Apache, you can install either just the Web server application (and other components separately as needed) or a Web server software distribution or package. We recommend using packages for small business or personal solutions, as it eases the task of the server installation. Many packages exist that wrap or stack scripting languages (such as PHP and Perl), database and other servers (such as MySQL, FTP, and e-mail), and configuration GUIs into one installation program.

"When scouring the net, you'll find these Web server packages have acronyms with AMP as the base letters, standing for Apache, MySQL, and PHP (or Perl or Python). To complete the acronym, a preceding letter identifies the supported operating system. For example, you'll see WAMP packages that install on Windows, LAMP for Linux, and MAMP for Macintosh. You may also see other creative acronyms such as XAMPP, where the X means cross-platform and the extra P for the Perl scripting language. Basically, package developers just make up the acronym based on which components are in the packages."

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