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Old 06-29-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
sbogde
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php/mysq programmer moving to linux?


Hi,

I am a php/mysq programmer & I'd like to completely get rid of windows and switch to linux.

I am mainly using these:
- zend dev environment/php editor
- browsers: ie, ff, safari
- a web localhost - apache, php, mysql
- sometimes adobe photoshop - screenshots, basic image manipulation

considering all these what linux distribution do you think I should use?

are there any php/mysql programmers that work in linux only?

I am really looking forward to hearing from you guys.

thank you.
 
Old 06-29-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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considering all these what linux distribution do you think I should use?
Any distribution you choose would be fine; Slackware, SUSE, etc.
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are there any php/mysql programmers that work in linux only?
Yup, have for years (well, Solaris too, but six of one, half dozen of the other). Vastly more reliable than anything Microsoft ever has or ever will...
 
Old 06-29-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

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Hi,

I am a php/mysq programmer & I'd like to completely get rid of windows and switch to linux.
Good on yah =} ... I didn't even know that you can do these
things in a windows environment ;D

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I am mainly using these:
- zend dev environment/php editor
Means nothing to me - what are the features you're seeking? If
it's a windows native app it may (or may not) run under wine or
cross-over office; I'd recommend familiarising yourself with a
native Linux tool that has similar features.

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- browsers: ie, ff, safari
Firefox, seamonkey konqueror, ... no idea whether there's
a safari for linux, you can run IE under wine/crossover if
you must.

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- a web localhost - apache, php, mysql
Of course. That's where all the stuff comes from! :}

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Originally Posted by sbogde View Post
- sometimes adobe photoshop - screenshots, basic image manipulation
Gimp. Somewhat different interface, most of the functionality,
only drawback is the lack of CMYK.


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Originally Posted by sbogde View Post
considering all these what linux distribution do you think I should use?

are there any php/mysql programmers that work in linux only?

I am really looking forward to hearing from you guys.

thank you.
Any.



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 06-30-2009, 04:06 AM   #4
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I'm using Linux only for PHP development with MySQL...

My toolset is simple:

- Apache 2.0.54 as webserver
- EMACS for editing
- MySQLCC for table management / creation
- FF for viewing sites
- GIMP for image editing / screenshots (as you mentioned)

A good distro for this IMO is Fedora (I've been using it very successfully since RedHat 6 for PHP/MySQL development)

I'm suprised a bit too that somebody actually does PHP / MySQL dev on -Windows-? Linux is just so much more stable and easier. I've had regular development days where I'd be in Linux for ten or twelve hours, with probably hundreds of refreshes in FF as I work, -with- other people coming in on the intranet to work with some PHP sites on the same server with no crashes or any slowdowns or anything.

Heck, my KDE (more or less Linux's "Windows" or GUI) since FC3 tends to crash about once a YEAR... and even then, you just restart it, while the rest of the system stays up and running - compared to Windows...
 
Old 06-30-2009, 04:28 AM   #5
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If I was a developer, I'd go Gentoo and bang in the the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) with zend and all the rest. It's all in portage and once set up, you'll never need to touch it again. Stable as a stable thing with stable bits on it.

Happy days!
 
Old 06-30-2009, 04:51 AM   #6
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I nowadays do all my web development on Linux. This involves php/mysql and a tiny bit of javascript (for menus and popups); javascript takes me the most time as I need to implement workarounds for users who have not enabled it.

I must admit that I believe in functional code and that I don't want to waste my time on fancy looks. So I don't do image manipulation.

My tools:
  • Linux : Slackware
  • MySQL: the standard mysql (text based) client (and other related mysql tools)
  • editor: vi
  • browsers: lynx, firefox and IE (most of my users use IE)
I'm not familiar with Zend, so can not judge its functionality.
 
Old 06-30-2009, 09:21 AM   #7
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most if not all Linux distributions have these items (apache2/php/mysql) in their repos.
so in most cases it's usually just a matter of finding out which distro you prefer and which editor

keep in mind some Distros are more bleeding edge than others though.
While Debian Sid (or Sidux, or Ubuntu, or whoever else) might have much newer versions of, for example, PHP,
Debian Stable might have something older.

Same with CentOS.
Current version 5.3 has PHP 5.1.6, which in some cases could be too old for some features (phpmyadmin v.3 for example won't run on PHP < 5.2)
 
  


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