Tahnks for the assistance. I am getting the feeling that except for the fact everyone hates microsoft that Windows is much easier to deal with by far.
So, I took your advice, deleted the Xampp installation in /opt. Logged on as cjseyfried, re-extracted the Lampp into opt and ran /opt/lampp/lampp start. Got told I have to start Apache as root, typed su, then root password. Re-typed /opt/lampp/lampp start. Got no such file or directory. Well I was sort of expecting this since when I extracted the xampp compressed file, it extracted into xampp-linux-1/lampp. But, I thought this was workied into the process and did not want to fiddle with anything.
So, I copied the /lampp out directly into /opt, entered su, root password, /opt/lampp/lampp start. Everything starts OK. Well, this looks good.
Open my web browser type in http://localhost
I get a 505 internal server error.
This is really not funny anymore. At least before when I installed it a root, and ran it as root I only got Forbidden and would have had to spend inumerable hours figuring out out to set the proper privilidges to suit Linux and Apache.
Well, I definetly do NOT know enough about Linux OR Apache to figure out Internal Errors, especially when they do not even say what the heck thet are.
When I installed Apache Triad in Windows, it installed itself, did not care that I was the administrator, I setup usernames and passwords for the installation as a part of the setup process, that were independent of what ever logon I had on my PC.
When I started it, it worked. The only problem I had was that it had forced me to install it on my C:/ drive, which I reserve for the O/S Only, so I moved it manually to my F:/ drive, changed all the path statements in all the config files and it STILL Woirked.
No, Forbidden to use your own computer apps on your own computer, with whatever logon, in whatever directory you wanted.
I had sort of figured on abandoning Win2k pro in favor of Linux, because I really hate Microsoft, and also because even though I installed Linux on a completely seperate HD, and specifically told it to leave win2k and its drive alone, in the process of installing Grub boot loader on the Linux Drive, it blew out the MBR record on my Win2k drive.
After re-installinf WinNT4, then the upgrade to win2k pro, then re-installing ALL my apps I had finally had it with MS, but in doing something in my Linux installation I corrupted the network files and did a clean install of linux, and it blew out my win2k MBR record, so I thought I'd just stay with linux. I have the NTFS driver in linux so I can access my NTFS win2k drives Data, and have installed Wine in linux, so I can use some win apps in linux.
But, this is getting a bit pathetic, this with Apache and the Java VM, that is recognized as being there by java linux apps with self installers, but always goes brain dead when I try to actually use one of those apps, even when I hand right CLASSPATH's, JAVA_HOME's and every other bit of work arounds I've learned over the years in windows.
Right now I feel like just throwing out PC's in general, all O/S's, except I need them for work. Even MACS are not what they used to be years ago, they currently have just as many problems as any of the others, and since they cost you more to pruchase, run, upgrade, add perifirals, etc. it is not worth paying extra money for the same, but different problems.
Sorry, to rant, but this is a bit pathetic.