Okay, this is like my fifth time trying to get LAMP set up on Ubuntu, and yes, that includes using XAMPP. (All I want to do is practice my PHP so I can write WordPress plugins! sob Why does the world's easiest language have to be so hard to set up?)
cough Anyway. I used these instructions this time, after uninstalling XAMPP and what were hopefully all traces of my last attempt at doing this. I'm not using Netbeans -- gedit is okay with me -- and I didn't get any error messages or anything, so I thought I'd actually gotten it set up and set to use /home/feathertail/PHP as the document root.
I put a test file in there, browsed to /localhost and got this:
You don't have permission to access /testphp.php on this server.
Apache/2.2.17 (Ubuntu) Server at localhost Port 80
Can anyone point me in the direction of finally solving this once and for all?