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  • JeeMan

    How about Xampp?

    I don’t know if you already reviewed it, but I use the lite version everyday running a personnal dokuwiki with it at work. It is portable if you manually start/stop the services.

    But I admit it is big at 61MB zipped, I don’t remember the unzipped size.

    http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

  • @JeeMan

    Tried XAMPP more than once and it sucked. I had nothing but issues with their launcher. One time had to look for alternate launcher just to start the thing, because bundled on failed.

    Of course this is just my unfortunate personal experience. I know it works fine for plenty of people.

  • t31os

    I’ve been using Uniform Server for years myself, i always found it better than xampp, then again i’ve only ever installed xampp once, maybe twice, but had issues with it(like you – though can’t remember specifics).

    It wasn’t as good in prior versions, but it’s definately a top notch application now. Previously it had this whole drive emulation rubbish(virtual drive), which while useful meant you couldn’t properly access your files without starting the app(not entirely true, but read on) and additionally if you fired up your text editor and it was tracking recently opened files, had you opened it without starting the server it would point at non-existant files and of course not open them(because they were referencing files on a drive that wasn’t available, a virtual drive) – so you’d have to navigate to the files and open them again. Of course there was a real location for the files, but the editor would be referencing the virtual location.

    I’ve not found a reason to switch yet anyway.. :)

  • @t31os

    Yep, current experience is definitely way more smooth then what you are describing.

    My only gripe so far is no (?) upgrade capability. From what I understand to bring your stuff to newer Uniform Server version you pretty much have to do server migration.

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