MySQL/MariaDB – Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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This covers installing MySQL and MariaDB from source. Skip the sections for versions you don’t wish to support. Estimated time (this post only): 45 minutes to 6 hours * depending on how many versions you install MySQL vs. MariaDB MySQL has been the #1 DBMS for web applications for years. But since its acquisition by […]

Apache HTTP Server – Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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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 PCRE Although your distro probably already has PCRE installed, the Apache website recommends compiling the most […]

Development Tools – Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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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 the distribution contains very old versions. Important: you can probably skip most of this […]

Install Linux – Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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Here we will cover how to install Linux, focusing on a variety of different distributions for use as a LAMP server. Estimated time (this post only): 45 minutes * varies by distro Why Not Install a Desktop Environment? A web server does not need a desktop and installing one only consumes resources and possibly introduces […]

Setup Virtual Machine – Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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This covers setting up a Virtual Machine (VM) for use as a LAMP server for testing purposes. I chose VirtualBox because it is free and runs on many platforms. If you plan to install your LAMP stack on an existing virtual machine, another hypervisor, or a physical machine, you can skip this article. If your […]

Building a LAMP Server (2020)

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Let’s learn how to build a LAMP server (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP) mostly from source. Not only is this educational, but it allows developers to test multiple versions of databases, scripting languages, etc. I’m going to keep this simple so anyone who can use a computer can do it. For the most part, you can […]

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 […]