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Tip of the Trade: Ubuntu's Prefab Server Stacks

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While the Linux and Unix universes have always provided a wealth of high-quality, powerful servers for all occasions, putting all the pieces together has traditionally been a task for the seriously geeky. For example, assembling a mail server means collecting separate SMTP, POP3, and IMAP servers and knitting them together. Application servers and dynamic Web sites are even more challenging: Apache, Lighttpd, Perl, PHP, Python, Tomcat, JBoss, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and so forth — just figuring out the bits is half the battle.

Ubuntu entered the pre-fab server stack parade back in version 6.06 (Dapper Drake), and has been refining it with every release. With the latest release, 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), the installer offers the option of installing the following servers along with it:

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