A bit OT perhaps: Counsel on a newbie to php and MySQL (on Ubuntu!)
I've decided to learn php and MYSQL for web work, armed with "PHP and
MYSQL for Dummies." But I find that even at that book's very basic
level, the author assumes that once the two are installed, the reader
will know how to activate them and what the directory structures are
supposed to look like.
I've installed PHP, Apache, and MySQL on my laptop, which I figured I'd
use for my training wheels, as per instructions here: