May 212008

What if I said install an application stack like LAMP in 5 minutes??

Yes, Bitnami is an absolute revolution in user experience in using free Opensource application on most if not all of your Operating Systems including Solaris,Windows, Mac OS and ofcourse needless to say Linux.

BitNami stacks make it incredibly easy to install your favorite open source software all in just a few clicks. Forget about all those preconfigurations, installing the pre-requisuites, dependencies. Bitnami gives real user experience in installing the applications all in one go. You would feel like installing a software in Windows Operating system by a wizard driven installation process. Application stacks include an open source application and all the dependencies necessary to run it, such as Apache, MySQL and PHP or Ruby. All you need to do is download the Stack, provide a few pieces of information when prompted by the installation wizard, and that’s it. By the time you click ‘finish’, your new application will be ready to run. All stacks have been packaged using BitRock’s multiplatform installer.

The stacks of application range from Infrastructure to Blogs and eLearning. The community is very active and you can request for a stack as well!!!!

The stacks for Linux include


DjangoStack – High-level Python Web framework

JRubyStack – 100% Java implementation of Ruby

LAMP – Apache/MySQL/PHP stack for Linux (You know it!!!)

RubyStack – Ruby on Rails MVC framework DB backed web applications


Roller Stack – Roller Blog server

WordPress Stack – WordPress (2.5.1) blogging server

Bug Tracking

Mantis Stack – Mantis, web based Bug tracker

Redmine Stack – Redmine Project Management Application (Ruby on Rails based)

Trac Stack – trac Wiki & bug tracking system


Drupal Stack – Drupal content management platform

eZPublish Stack – eZPublish CMS for web plublishing, intranets, ecommerce etc

Joomla Stack – Joomla, a very popular OpenSource CMS

KnowledgeTree Stack – KnowledgeTree Document management system


phpBB Stack – phpBB, leading opensource forum and bulletin board


Tracks Stack – Tracks, Ruby on Rails based application

Poll Management

opina Stack – Opina, Web based Poll management tool

Portal Server

Liferay stack – Liferay portal framework

Version Control

Subversion Stack – Subversion version control software


DokuWiki Stack – DokuWiki wiki

MediaWiki Stack – MediaWiki, original wiki written for Wikipedia


Moodle Stack – Moodle Course Management System

Let’s have a look at the installation of LAMP server on openSUSE:

Download LAMP Stack from here

Change permissions

Switch user to root and change permissions on the downloaded installer

Saihari@Linux:~> su –
Linux:~# chmod 755 bitnami-lampstack-0.9.4-linux-installer.bin

Run the installer

Linux:~# ./bitnami-lampstack-0.9.4-linux-installer.bin

This starts the wizard on your openSUSE.

1. Click Forward on the welcome screen

Installation Welcome

2. Select the folder to install the application stack and clickForward

Select Installation Path

3. Enter the Root user password and clickForward

Enter MySQL Root user password

4. Enter the phpmyadmin, webadmin for MySQL software “administrator” password and click Forward

Enter administrator password for phpmyadmin

5. Now, we are ready to install, select Forward to start the installation

Ready to go..

Installation in progress

6. Click Finish to launch the application stack

Launch application

This should launch the default page for Apache with details to launch phpmyadmin and thats it done!!!!

I’ve never installed a LAMP server in less than 5 minutes. Great peice of work!!! For more information and downloads, click here to visit bitnami homepage.

There is an uninstaller script install in the directory selected to install the software which can uninstall the stack completely.