What is LAMP WAMP MAMP XAMPP?                     rev 17 February 2013 ➽ back to dir

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what the heck are they?

 They are not "servers".
 They are "stacks" - combinations of software for web development

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yeah ok, but what are the letters?

 W or L or M or X -
   Windows or [GNU/]Linux or Macintosh or ???

 AMP -
   Apache
   MySQL/MariaDB
   PHP/Perl

 It all started as a shortcut way to say the combination of softwares
 used for dynamic web development. Which started on gnu/linux,
 so the shortcut word was "lamp"

 Then as people started doing web programming on other OSs, new
 shortcuts were made up: "wamp", "mamp", etc.

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what do they do?

 They
    * Install and configure:
        the web server Apache
        the database server Mysql
        the programming language PHP
        useful web apps like PHPMyadmin

    * Give you a little visual gadget to turn the servers (apache and mysql)
         on and off.

 WAMP -
   http://www.ricocheting.com/how-to-install-on-windows/
   "WAMPServer"'s name is a bit misleading -- makes you think it is a server.
   It is one of several wamp stacks.


 LAMP -
   Ubuntu - get the packages: apache, mysql, linux, phpmyadmin
   Fedora - u got them already: apache, mysql, linux, phpmyadmin

 MAMP -
   for Apple Macintosh i think.
   No idea. But it is there. Look it up.

 XAMPP -
   No idea. But it is there. Look it up.



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more info:

    http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/2171/wamp-vs-xampp-pros-cons-for-running-a-local-testing-server
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http://www.tibetangeeks.com/technologies/web_servers/what_is_lamp_and_wamp.html
written 24 august 2012