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Part I: Linux Debian

Personally I prefers to use Debian Linux when building web-servers, but you could as well use any other flavor of Linux. If you want to use Debian 7 you should first test that your site runs with PHP 5.4 as that is the default version in Debian 7 (it can be downgraded).

Historically the stable releases of Debian comes without the newest version of the software required, so to remedy this I use the Dotdeb repository.

Lets get off the ground by adding the Dotdeb repository to our package manager and upgrade our system.

~$ echo "deb wheezy all" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
~$ echo "deb-src wheezy all" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
~$ wget
~$ cat dotdeb.gpg | sudo apt-key add - && rm dotdeb.gpg
~$ apt-get update
~$ apt-get upgrade

If you not already have installed the basic packages needed to run a PHP based web-server this is the time to do so.

~$ apt-get install apache2-mpm-worker php5 php5-cli php5-gd php5-mysql php5-sqlite mysql-server php-pear php5-dev

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If you want a more detailed walk through see my previous article Drupal 7 and Aegir server setup. It assumes that you are installing an Aegir based stack, if you do not which to run Aegir simply skip the Aegir parts of the article.


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