I'm currently in the process of setting up an Ubuntu Desktop setup for a combination of technical writing, heavy statistics/mathematical analysis, and also server-side development and I wanted to know whether I should just download and install Apache, MySQL, and all my other technologies as the native packages, or if using XAMPP is a good idea.
The reason I ask is because while I'm used to XAMPP on my Windows system, when it comes to doing server work on Cent OS, I've always just had that setup as a dedicated server machine. From my experience, I've found that with Cent OS, I don't feel constrained with the configurations, compared to XAMPP which seems to be more of a "hand holding" quick deploy & test kit.
With Ubuntu however as I'm running the Desktop version (mainly because I've had bad experiences running the Ubuntu web server edition) I'm not sure if I should use XAMPP for my test server, or if I could install everything natively so I maintain more control.
Thanks very much in advance for any insights,