I don't know diddly about MySQL or PHP, but this is a link I've bookmarked ->
And to give you a little empathy - I've been using comps run by Windoze for about as
long as you. In 1999 I tried RedHat Linux 6, and gave up in a couple of months. Last
June one of the guys who runs my email service suggested I try Linux, and once again
I tried RedHat - this time version 9.0. After about two months I began looking for a distro
that would let me install what I wanted, and not a lot of other stuff. I started using
Debian. And then in November I switched to Slackware. That's where I'm at today, and
I gotta tell you I really like Linux. Wish I'd stuck it out in 1999. LQ wasn't started then,
or maybe it would have been easier.
Today I've been using Linux on a daily basis for just over 12 months. I've wanted to quit
many times, but every time I boot into Windoze my stomach turns. It's not because my
W2K system doesn't run well, for it does. But I abhor the business practices of Micro$loth,
and will not lie in that sewer any more.
Don't give up! There are resources which will help you "learn Linux." There are many distros,
each with a different set of packages, and different ways of "doing things."
Stick it out - don't give up - you'll never regret it. Read that top link in my sig, and then look
deeper for more stuff. Keep searching LQ, and www.google.com/linux
and soon you'll begin
to see the light at the end of the tunnel. On the end of the tunnel you are looking back towards,
there's a Micro$loth train which would just as soon run you over as look at you. The light at the
other end of the tunnel is a bright light of freedom you'll experience from GNU/Linux. ;-)