Thanks for the info and help.
Yes I first installed Apache etc in the MEPIS distro then once that was up and running, downloaded from xampp.
It all works okay but as I am used to cpanel on my shared host's servers, Webmin was suggested. I am slowly getting into command line stuff like I did 35 years ago when I started with computers, however it's hard to reach an old dog new tricks as they say! :-)
Mepis does not have a gui for start/stop so tried the ubuntu one however I can't get it to work. I have to change the code paths in the text as it asks to be saved in a dir that does not seem to exist in the Mepis distro and not sure what to change it to.
This is the text..
If I can't get it to work, I think I may start again with ubuntu as that one seems to ahve more help and more apps.
To use the sweet gtk/python control panel:
Run in a terminal:
Paste the following into the open file and save and exit.
Name=XAMPP Control Panel
Exec=gksudo "python /opt/lampp/share/xampp-control-panel/xampp-control-panel.py"
Name[en_CA]=XAMPP Control Panel
"XAMPP Control Panel" will show up in your applications menu under Internet. Use the Alacarte Menu Editor to move it around.