Once again I went into the Skype Trap. Today, I decided to try out Elgg. Elgg is an open source version of a social network platform. The nice thing is, you can download it and host it on your own servers. This is particularly useful if you don’t want anybody else to mess with your network data. Some of my friends live in Russia and they told me, the KGB surveillance mentality of the state was still ongoing. Talking freely in a social network is crucial. However, in some countries, this would already mean committing a crime. And by all means, I just like open source software better.
But back to what I was saying about Skype. I downloaded the latest Apache Webserver and installed it on my machine. At the end of the installation process, it told me it could not bind to port 80. Have seen this before, I thought. Yeah, right, last time it took me hours to finally accept, that the Apache installation was probably intact and that there would have to be some other problem. I then did a portscan and what did I find sitting on my port 80? – Skype! That cheeky little bastard !
I had to uncheck the setting “Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections” in the Connection Tab. Great Philosophy: “Let’s just hijack the http and the https port, then in most of the cases, our software should work”.
Anyway, now I can go back to Elgg and try to make PHP and Apache talk together. This used to be a problem a few years ago. I think this was the reason for the XAMPP Project.
Let me quote them: “Many people know from their own experience that it’s not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.”
Anyway, I will give it a go “by hand” now. Wish me luck :-)