If you are looking for Web Server or FTP server and you don’t to have a complicated process, xampp can be considered as your choice.
The most thing I like from XAMPP is separate setup with the Linux system and it’s easy to use. So, next time I don’t need it, I just remove its directory, and that’s it. I don’t need to do uninstall process.
XAMPP has been tested to work on SuSE, RedHat, Mandrake and Debian, mean it works with Ubuntu.
There are 4 steps to do before you can run XAMPP on Linux.
Step 1. Downloading
First, you have to download the program from http://apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html.
Click “XAMPP for Linux” to open “XAMPP for Linux” web page.
Select “XAMPP Linux 1.6.6” to download xampp-linux-1.6.6.tar.gz. It’s the source code program. We have to compile before it can run. The version number that you see below can be different at the time you go to the Xampp website, because there it may has a new update or version.
Step 2. Installing
After downloading process complete, go to your download directory. In my laptop, I save on mydata/new_download/ directory. The directory can be different. It depends on your download directory default.
Now, open your Linux Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and go to your “download directory” using ‘cd‘ command following with your directory name. Check the xamp-linux-1.6.2.tar.gz file using ‘ls -l‘ command.
The xampp-linux.1.6.2.tar.gz file will be extracted to ‘lampp‘ directory.
To check the result, go to ‘lampp’ directory using ‘cd’ command and check the content using ‘ls -l‘ command.
Step 3. Start the server
Step 4. Test it.
Click ‘English’ to enter XAMPP for Linux welcoming screen.