Hot damn, I gots me some PhP!
I’ve been trying to puzzle out how to set up Apache/PhP on my Linux machine, and I just got it working. It was SO much easier to set up on a Windows machine, which reveals an important truth:
“User-friendly” means whatever you are familiar with.
I’m new to Linux, and so far I like it. But it is a different neighborhood. The main stumbling block has been figuring out Linux folder permissions and how to assign them. The forums all say something like “Just use chmod ug -R +rw /var/www” as if that would make any sense to someone who’s been running windows systems for 15 years. I got the permissions changed but clearly Linux permissions are a whole new dimension I must grok.
Feeling like an idiot is good for me as a computer support professional; it helps me build empathy with my customers. But is is stressful.
Now I can start really screwing around with PhP. I ran it years ago on a Windows/IIS server so hopefully a few of the old brain cells devoted to that memory will kick in as I study. I’ve been presented with the need to understand it better and this break between semesters is an opportunity to do that.