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XAMPP in Windows is a snap. Trying to LAMP working in Linux Mint is a real pain. Yes,I have tried most of the solutions such as creating a Virtual Machine, Vagrant, installing Apache, MySql,PHp, etc. even something called Moodle(if memory serves). I can get as far as opening a web browser and typing localhost which opens page that says It Works and it is all uphill beyond that point.

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closed as not constructive by Oli Dec 15 '12 at 1:17

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Questions about Linux Mint should be asked on Unix.SE – Seth Dec 15 '12 at 1:07
Apache says 'It Works' and I assume you also achieved to get mysql and php installed. What else do you expect?!? Serious question... – Andy Friese Dec 15 '12 at 1:07
There is both LAMP (traditional stack) which works as it's designed to (regardless of you caring to learn to read documentation) and XAMPP for Linux. I don't mean to be too snide but ranting about it on Ask Ubuntu isn't going to get you any further. I would recommend a proper LAMP stack rather than playing with XAMPP (which is a toy by design). – Oli Dec 15 '12 at 1:17

Just run

sudo tasksel

Select LAMP server. You'll be asked to set a MySQL root password. Then you're done.

Compare this to downloading a binary from an untrusted source not reusing most of the libraries of the host OS and not providing you any security updates.

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apt-get can handle tasks these days and taskel isn't a default application any more so the following is preferred: sudo apt-get install lamp-server^ (that's not a typo, the ^ indicates a task) – Oli Dec 15 '12 at 1:44

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