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Work is moving along. Some days it's busy, other days it's kinda slow. One of the things I have been tasked with is finding and testing potential knowledge base and portal software; preferrably open source or inexpensive.

This means that I've had to brush up on what little Linux skills I have and dive head first into the command line to configure the jvm, Apache, Tomcat, PHP, and MySQL.

Let me tell you that Linux frustrates me to no end. I'm pretty sure it's because I've been spoiled by the Windows and Mac environment where everything is pretty much done for you without ever having to even look at a command line.

While I did manage to get one portal running on Ubuntu after much cursing and swearing, the portal itself sucked so I gave up and tried to get a server set up in OS X.

Wow. It wasn't super easy but it was much better than slogging through the swamp that is Linux.

The command line is still needed in OS X but, all in all, setting up Apache, MySQL, PHP, and the JVM took me the better part of a morning rather than the bulk of a week.

Yeah, there was still some cursing and swearing involved but at least I can actually start installing potential software and testing rather than spending all my time on Google looking for answers.

I'm not really going anywhere with this post other than to bitch about Linux ;)

Right. Some food then back at it.

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