Well...supposedly the version of PHP I have is the "working" version and according to php, is supposed to work great with apache2. I have no problems with phpmyadmin and other database driving stuff so far on the linux server, so PHPBB was the only issue. I'm gonna try sticking with the setup I have now and see how it goes. All of the sites I code will not have the problems PHPBB has anyway, as I don't code in the same way they do.
Thanks again Dave, I hope this issue gets resolved for good here soon. Would be nice to know for sure that it's working as good as apache 1x did.