Shedding Some Light on LAMP
In the jargon-laden world of IT, new terms are created as shorthand ways of referencing or discussing otherwise cumbersome phrases. One addition to the lexicon that has gained increased popularity and use is "LAMP," which refers to a collection of free, largely open source software that forms the basis of many -- maybe most -- Web servers in use today. LAMP has four components: Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl, PHP and/or Python. There are often variations on Linux and MySQL as well.
While these programs were not specifically designed to work with one another, the open source ethos and community-based development efforts made interoperability a strong focus and helped make this combination a popular and highly reliable choice. The fact that all are available to use for free didn't hurt, either.