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Is there a way in which I may quickly set up LAMP, in such a way that the data on my server data can only be accessed by myself? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
System-->Administration-->Synaptic Package Manager-->
Edit-->Mark Packages by Task-->LAMP server -->Apply
That gives you a LAMP stack.
Incidentally, other distros have similar features. Mandriva gives you a GUI for simple configuration of Apache (more advanced stuff requires editing the config file)
Is there a way in which I may quickly set up LAMP, in such a way that the data on my server data can only be accessed by myself?
Not sure what you mean by this. So only you can edit the data, or it can only be browsed from you desktop? Either can be done.
Fortunately I was running a dual boot system (Windows XP/ Mandriva for a while before, doing my website work mostly on Windows. I never made enough of an effort to study Linux in more depth; I regret it now.
I say that I was fortunate however, because by the time I was compelled to switch to Ubuntu, I already knew that Linux was adequate for me, as well as how to get the job done, (but with a few special exceptions.)
I am also no techie, but I am slowly starting to reap some benefits for trying to actually solve my Ubuntu problems on my own. I think that to make the most of Linux, one has got to be prepared to invest in it. (Note that I say 'make the most', not 'use Linux productively'.)
I have found Linux users (in general) extremely helpful and unselfish. I hope to some day know enough to return the favor. Maybe I sound dogmatic, but it is really the way I am experiencing it.
The last thing that they just fixed in my distro (Mandriva) is the ability to auto-update everything, including the kernel. That's a big problem right now....my server is on an old version of mandriva. I daren't just upgrade on a live server that abruptly so I have to build an entire duplicate system offsite, upgrade to test, then perform the upgrade or swap at the datacenter. Not something I want to do...
With the newer releases it looks like I can get 100% upgrades online, including new versions and new kernels, something I couldn't do before. ANd that means I can update 100% remotely through the years.
Kinda like being able to move from 98 to xp to vista incrementally, without a CD and on a live system.