I have Mepislite installed. Seems to be working fine. I also installed XAMPP. That installed and started just fine. The status shows php and mysql activated. I did the security fixes. I ran some of their demos. Thay woked okay.
I put a little html and php script in my own user public_html directory. Then I went to another computer on my home network. Using IE, I surfed the little script. It came back with a page built from just the html code. The php tags were ignored.
Any ideas about what's wrong? It's like apache is not passing the script to php. But I can't believe XAMPP would set it up that way. They didn't say anything about the need to configure apache.
PS: I didn't install libapache2-mod-php5. Could that be the problem?