I had the LAMP stack installed on my Ubuntu machine. Everything was working fine. I had Apache, mySql, phpmyadmin, etc. I'm learning web development, and a friend suggested I try out Drupal. So, I downloaded the tar package, extracted it, began the setup process via an online tutorial, and I kept getting the error "the Settings file is not writable". I went through everything I could think of to change the permissions to no avail. I also downloaded openssh, but had trouble logging in. That was next on the list to uninstall.
I became frustrated thinking I had done something wrong during installation, so I deleted everything I had installed: Apache, php, mysql, and drupal. I believe I got any leftovers taken care of.
Well, I restarted the process and got Apache downloaded, but when I try my I.P. or "localhost," I get the error "this site can't be reached." HOWEVER, if I navigate to the physical folder /var/www/html/index.html, and double click, the Apache "it works!" page comes up.
I wish I could take the snapshot of my computer two days ago and forget this ever happened because one seemingly simple download has caused me nothing but headache.
Any ideas on where I can start to fix my broken machine?