MySQL/MariaDB – Building a LAMP Server

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This is the sixth article in a series on building the ultimate LAMP Server. This covers installing MySQL and MariaDB from source. You can skip the sections for versions you don’t wish to support. Only install what you need. Even though I am assigning different ports for every installation to avoid conflicts, you may not […]

Apache HTTP Server – Building a LAMP Server

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This is the fifth article in a series on building the ultimate LAMP Server. This covers installing Apache HTTP Server from source. Even for distros which maintain current versions, the Apache Software Foundation recommends compiling HTTP Server from source. Estimated time (this post only): 10 minutes * varies slightly by distro Apache Prerequisites You may […]

Development Tools – Building a LAMP Server

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This is the fourth article in a series on building the ultimate LAMP Server. Here we will cover setting up development tools for use in compiling software. While most distributions come with a set of development tools you can install from their repository, there are some that we may wish to compile manually, usually because […]

Install Linux – Building a LAMP Server

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This is the third article in a series on building the ultimate LAMP Server. This covers how to install Linux, focusing on a variety of different distributions. Since the purpose of this machine will be to act as a server, we will focus on setting up a headless system. Estimated time (this post only): 40 […]

Setup Virtual Machine – Building a LAMP Server

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This is the second article in a series on building the ultimate LAMP Server. We will cover setting up a Virtual Machine (VM) for use as our test server. This focuses on VirtualBox on a Windows or Linux host. If you plan to install your LAMP stack on an existing VM, another hypervisor, or a […]

Building a LAMP Server From Source

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This guide covers building a LAMP server (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP) mostly from source. Most guides out there on this topic simply have you using the old versions of Apache, PHP, and database engines that ship with your Linux distribution. This is not ideal for developers that want to test against new and future versions […]

Managing a Linux Virtual Machine

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This article serves as a cheat guide for managing a Linux virtual machine. Most of this applies to physical Linux machines as well. Look for future updates to cover different hypervisors, distributions, etc. This is all pretty basic stuff that experienced Linux users are probably already aware of. But a cheat guide like this can […]

PC Game Guides and Checklists

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Over the years, I have created several PC game guides and checklists (as well as various notes) for some of my favorite PC games. I thought it was time I shared some of them. Feel free to use, modify, and redistribute them as you wish. I made these for myself, so I really am not […]

Choosing a Linux Distro

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I’ve been an advocate for Linux since I started with Slackware in the mid-90s. One of the most basic questions those interested in switching to Linux ask is "which distribution (aka distro) do I use?" With more people becoming unhappy with how Microsoft has hijacked their computers with Windows 10 (automatic updates installing/uninstalling software for […]

A Non-default Port Is Not Security!

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This month’s geek bitch-fest is about all these how-to guides out there that tell you to change various services to a non-default port. Unless it is necessary to avoid port conflicts (i.e. everything that tries to use port 80 and isn’t a web server) or to enable connectivity from public networks with strict firewall restrictions […]