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I've just finished installing MediaWiki 1.8.2 (the same wiki engine that powers Wikipedia) on my machine at work. MediaWiki requires three things to be present on the machine prior to installing: A web server, A database server and the PHP engine.

In my case that meant that I had to install Apache Http Server 2.2.3, MySQL 5.0.27 Community Server and PHP 5.2.0 - all from scratch.

The point of this post is that I was surprised at how easy it was to obtain and install these 4 (counting MediaWiki) pieces of server software. With the exception of MediaWiki, I was able to download and install within minutes. The setup programs are robust, user-friendly and most importantly - almost intuitive.

The one exception was MediaWiki which required me to read through its online installation guide and tackle one undocumented issue during the process (It requires MySQL to run with Strict Mode set to off - I'll post about that in the near future).

It is almost amazing to me how open source software could come this far in providing a free, easy to use alternative to commercial software. The power to all the people developing these wonderful tools of our trade!

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:20 PM Developer Tools , Social Software , cool | Back to top


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