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