Archive for July, 2012

Install Xampp on Ubuntu 11.04

XAMPP is a web server that is used to develop applications in PHP, with connection to a SQL database (LAMPP = Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP + Perl)


Installing an Apache web server is not easy for newcomers and is even more complicated if it is required to add MySQL, PHP and Perl.


XAMPP is an easy to install and use Apache distribution that contains MySQL, PHP and Perl. It’s really simple to install and use, but keep in mind that it is not intended for use in production (explained at the bottom of the article).


It is also a multiplatform GNU project, currently distribute for: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris.

Instant Messaging in Ubuntu

Instant messaging is a text-based and file-sharing  real-time communication system that is established between two or more terminals connected to a network.

It has become a key tool of the Internet, allowing people to connect with their families, friends and have a direct way to chat, exchange files, photos, documents, web pages and more.

Instant messaging requires the use of an IM client that handles the service. It differs from regular email in that conversations are conducted in real time.

In Ubuntu you can install several IM clients:

  • Empathy
  • Pidgin
  • aMSN




Canonical has decided that starting Ubuntu 9.10, Empathy is the default IM client. Earlier versions of Ubuntu used Pidgin instead.