I design websites in html/css/php and javascript. My hosting is all done in the cloud with a hosting provider.

I am faced with a new task which is to design an Intranet site for a small business using my technologies.

I have no clue how to run my own Linux and Apache server.

Should I be looking at WAMP or LAMP?
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
If you are on windows, you want wamp otherwise, you probably want and if you are on a mac,

If you mean for your live site, you can use php/mysql on windows just as you can with linux.

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Ray PaseurCommented:
My sense is that LAMP is more mainstream and offers better access to high-level experts.  YMMV and other will have other opinions.  Perhaps the most valuable advice anyone can give about "what is better" goes to "what do you already know?"
LAMP and WAMP are the same thing - there is no mainstream version
The only difference is that LAMP is for installation on Linux and WAMP is for installation on Windows - notice the subtle difference - apart from that they do the exact same thing (and then you have MAMP as Scott has pointed out)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I would recommend that you look at both WAMP and XAMPP which are both available for Windows.  They both include Apache, PHP, and MySQL with phpMyAdmin and some other software.  Neither are recommended for public sites since they are intended to be easier to use than a LAMP machine.

If it is necessary that your site runs on Linux for some reason, you can have someone else set it up and let you build the site and access it like you do on your hosted sites now.
-WAMP (like the name says) runs only on Windows (either 64/32-bit) with light version and less feature than XAMPP
- XAMPP for Windows, XAMPP for Linux, for Mac and for Solaris with full version
it has too many additional features including support of perl, filezilla, mercury mail and some scripts. and is available for all major operating system including windows, mac, Linux
-Lamp is for linux  and doesn't have too many feature as Xampp

So go to download xampp for a try a

rbudjAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses. In this particular case, the network is running Windows Server 2012 R2. I can easily install a Windows 7 or Windows 8 tower. So I understand, I can use either the server or a windows desktop to run either WAMP or XAMPP. So LAMP would be if I am running a version of Linux. Correct?
rbudjAuthor Commented:
All answers were helpful. Thank you.
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