First of all thanks to Falko for his commitment to help me.
I sorted all out in the meantime ( about 2 days work) and will share the solution with this forum.
Trigger for the solution was:
Chapters 10 and 11.
Very useful teaching.
1) /etc/init.d/mysql: WARNING: /etc/mysql/my.cnf cannot be read.
copy Debian.cnf to my.cnf
2) /etc/init.d/mysql: line 123: /etc/mysql/debian-start: No such file or directory
copy _etc_mysql_debian-start in /usr/share/mysql-common/internal-use-only
After these action MySQL worked without a problem.
This, in the Ubuntu server guide was critical to the solution:
Please verify if the files /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf and /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.load exist. If they do not exists, you can enable the module using a2enmod command.
I used the a2enmod to activate php5 and another, If I remember well, it was php5-mysql.
I still had some problems left with configuring the Apache server. Could not manage to set up the virtual hosts. What I did was changing the default
in /etc/apache2/sites-available like this:
DirectoryIndex index.php index.html
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
allow from all
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
Allow from all
Although I am still puzzled about the Virtual Server thing, it works now.
I installed PHPmyadmin without any problems, using the Ubuntu server guide instructions.
Hope this was helpfull,
Jos B. Rikhof
Originator of www.peru4u.com