Personally, I can't stand installers. I don't like where they place things, I don't like registry settings all over the place. I have a complete documentation on how I installed Apache, Perl, mod_perl, mySQL and PHP on my NT and 2k machines. No use of installers, easy to do, and even easier to recover! In fact, when I added new server to my (growing) farm, all I did was copy by G: volume to the new machine, add some ENV vars, insert the services and I was done! Couldn't be simpler! If your interested... web.torres.ws/dev/php If you decide to try this, please let me know how it goes on your XP. I'd like to know if it works as easy. If you do try and have trouble, drop me a line and I'll help as I can. Walter > -----Original Message----- > From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org > [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Mike Hopkins > Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 3:22 PM > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: [thelist] Local server choices > > > I am trying to set up a development server on my home > machine. I have very little experience with this type of > process. > > Can anyone recommend/compare/comment on any of the > "all-in-one" server packages such as FoxServer, IndigoPerl, > xiampp, Merlin, etc., that install Apache/Perl/PHP and mySQL > in a single installation?? > > Is there a easiest or "best choice" for a simple, > straight-forward install? > > This package will be used only for local development (self > teaching & practice actually). > Workers of the Web, evolt !