I got it to work, but I'm not sure exactly what made the difference.
Here is what I did:
1. I reinstalled MD 9.2, but this time I made the security level "Standard"
I had been using "Higher"
(I "think" that those are the right terms. I'm at a different machine at the moment.)
In the Higher mode, I would add my win box IP as an Except IP to the hosts.deny file, but it kept getting over-written each time I booted
2. You have to create the public_html directory and put an index.html file in there. Yeah, I know this is total dummy stuff, but I never used MD. So, I wasn't sure what was what:
3. The ~ works fine:
4. I also found out that you have to include the closing forward slash. Otherwise, I would get an error:
............"uh, couldn't connect to 127.0.0.1"...............
But, when I closed it, it worked fine:
5. Also, I think I'm remembering that if I was calling a index.php page, I had to include the full url all the way through the page:
I still have a lot to learn. I don't feel comfortable with this yet, but I'm glad each time I make progress. I must have installed/re-installed about 8 or 9 times so far. I would love to get familiar enough with it to have a fully working linux office system.