I think the XAMPP community may be missing the boat on this issue. XAMPP grew out of the frustration of developers in deploying a simple production box for their projects. Many developers are now reluctantly forced into the Apache admin role by default. Maybe it is time to explore an XAMPP deployment application as an official project.
I know that the Apache admins are out there saying….Well all you have to do is ……jail all your modules….verify your install package has not been tampered with………test your installation with Nitko……. Use mod_rewrite to manipulate some URLs…..blau, blau, blau, yada, yada, yada…
Which proves my point, nothing has gotten any easier to deploy Apache in an active application. A marginal idiot, such as me, can harden a MS IIs box much easier than Apache. It’s rather frustrating to see some of the most intuitive, user friendly, non-techie applications developed around Apache/MySQL & PHP and still the underlying foundation is shrouded in mystery for the non-technical user/developer.
I know a deployment application would never satisfy all admins out there, but an intuitive tool for developers to deploy their application with a reasonable level of security assurance would be nice.
We can’t all grow up to be astronauts..... would you like fries with that?