What if William Shakespeare had written a Linux LAMP tutorial?

Sometimes it can get pretty boring to write just another Linux tutorial. It was at such a moment that the idea came up to ask an AI what a Linux tutorial might look like if a famous historical author wrote it. So if you've ever wondered what a Linux tutorial might look like if William Shakespeare wrote it, check out the text below. The text was written by ChatGPT, of course. The commands in the guide are working, so the tutorial can even be used to install a server. And don't worry. We do not plan to publish more of such historically inspired guides. We just found the result quite funny, so we decided to publish it.

Act 1: The Prelude

Enter the server, a mighty machine, adorned with the crown of Linux, ready to host websites with fervor and grace. The LAMP, a beacon of light, illuminates the path ahead, promising a triumphant symphony of software. Let us embark on this adventure, as we guide you through the installation of the noble LAMP server. 

Act 2: The Prologue

First, we must gather our tools. Prepare thyself, for we shall need a server running Linux, be it Ubuntu or CentOS, to commence this endeavor. A sturdy internet connection, strong and unwavering, is also of utmost importance. And lo, have faith in thyself, for courage and patience are virtues that shall aid you in this journey.

Act 3: Scene 1 - The Installation of Linux

With a Linux server in hand, let us proceed. Boot the machine and choose the Linux distribution that suits your fancy. Ubuntu, the gentle shepherd, or CentOS, the stalwart guardian, are both worthy choices. Follow the installation prompts, answering them with wisdom and care, until the Linux installation is complete.

Act 3: Scene 2 - The Awakening of Apache

Now that Linux hath embraced thy server, we must awaken Apache, the web server of great renown. Open a terminal, the gateway to the digital realm, and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apache2

For CentOS, use these commands instead:

sudo yum update
sudo yum install httpd

Behold! Apache shall now be installed and ready to serve.

Act 4: Scene 1 - The Illumination of MySQL

But a web server alone is not enough to satisfy our desires. We crave the power of databases, and MySQL shall provide it. To install MySQL, execute these commands:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server
sudo mysql_secure_installation

For CentOS, the commands shall be as follows:

sudo yum install mysql-server
sudo mysql_secure_installation

Answer the prompts that follow, setting the root password with utmost secrecy. MySQL now dwells within our server, awaiting commands to weave its magic.

Act 5: Scene 1 - The Enchantment of PHP

The final piece of our triumvirate, PHP, shall bestow dynamic capabilities upon our server. To summon PHP, enter these commands:

sudo apt-get install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql

Or for CentOS:

sudo yum install php php-mysql

Act 6: The Climax

With all the components in place, let us bind them together. Restart Apache, the web server, for it to acknowledge its new companion, PHP. Issue this command:

sudo service apache2 restart

Or for CentOS:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Act 7: The Finale

As the curtains descend upon our installation, let us test the fruits of our labor. Create a file named `info.php` in the web server's root directory, typically located at `/var/www/html/`. Insert the following code into the file:


Save the file and open thy browser. Enter the server's IP address or domain name, followed by `/info.php`. Lo and behold! A grand display of PHP information shall grace your screen, confirming the successful installation of the LAMP server.


Thus, we conclude our tale of the LAMP server installation, a fusion of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. May thy server be forever mighty, hosting websites with splendor and grace. Fare thee well, and may the digital winds guide you.

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