graeme_p - 6:19 am on Jan 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I am late to this thread, but I think this is potentially misleading, so I am commenting for the benefit of anyone who reads this thread in the future.
Have you checked that you need to install the software for your connection to work? What sort of connection is it.
A standard Ubuntu (or any other Linux) install will have everything it needs for the vast majority of internet connections to work out of the box. LAN (including ADSL and cable modems etc. with an ethernet port), Wi-Fi, and mobile broadband have all worked for me out of the box (although I did need to install software to send SMS messages though the mobile connection).
The only thing I can think of which may be problematic is something like a USB ADSL modem or similar that requires a proprietary driver. Solutions depend on the model. In any case a driver should not require QT!
Once you have Ubuntu installed, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL very simply from the Software Centre. If you do not mind using the command line, you can do it in two lines: [help.ubuntu.com ]