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Most people don't understand how fundamentally important Linux is to their lives. Almost everything on the web and the vast majority of devices are powered by the Linux kernel. This is because Linux is fast, reliable, stable, efficient, open source and free to use with essentially no restrictions. Even Google's famous Android OS is Linux, using a modified version of the Linux kernel.

Today I'm going to show you how to set up a popular open source software stack for building websites and web applications. This stack is called LAMP which is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.

Now that we have our LAMP stack installed, I will show you how to set up virtual hosts on Ubuntu so you can run and develop as many websites as you want.

Now that we've set up our LAMP stack and virtual hosting, we are going to install Drupal. Drupal is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to build amazing dynamic websites, with Drupal's platform, modules and themes doing most of the heavy lifting.

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Open Source Software

The GNU/Linux operating system with specific distributions for server and desktop.

The World's most popular open source database.

Popular scripting language used for web development.

One of the World's most powerful and flexible content management systems.

Drupal theming platform using the latest web technologies and best practices.

Ruby with version management tools and recommended gems specific to front-end web development.

The top version control system primarily for code and text.

Privately controlled and fully featured web-based file sharing service/interface, accessible from all your devices.

The standard for secure communication with your remote servers.

Improve development productivity with this terminal multiplexer and powerful text editor.