I want to set up a local test webserver with Apache, MySQL and PHP. My experience with each of these is 2/10, 6/10, 6/10 respectively.
I have 20years of Windows (ending in SBS2003, XP etc.), and did unix years ago but not much since.
I have an older windows machine on the LAN which would fit the purpose for the test server.
Ideally I would install LAMP straight onto it, as it would be good to start getting some Linux experience. Also that windows installation is currently unlicensed (as its switched off/unused).
I have never installed LAMP, let alone Linux (and even Windows installs would not be my strong point, having been more of a programmer than an OS guy). I turn off at talk of "device drivers" etc. and am terrified of being stuck halfway through an install.
Do I need to worry about device drivers, or do the LAMP or Linux installs these days search the internet for these anyhow (or load a generic one to bootstrap/get us started) ?
If the LAMP install can be relatively painless....
Then which distro do you guys recommend?