Bhise has finally settled down to using b2evolution. From his first post on the new setup:

this new blog setup took me 3 days of work, 12 opensource blog engines, 5 free hosting sites and many hours of frustration.

To reduce the frustration, I pointed him towards XAMPP. It has re-affirmed my belief (along with The Portable Suite and TiddlyWiki) that good things come in little sizes too. From its site:

Apache HTTPD 2.2.0, MySQL 5.0.18, PHP 5.1.1 + 4.4.1 pl1 + PEAR + Switch, MiniPerl 5.8.7, mod_ssl 2.0.55, Openssl 0.9.8a, PHPMyAdmin 2.7.0 pl1, XAMPP Control Panel 2.1, eAccelerator 0.9.4, Webalizer 2.01-10, Mercury Mail Transport System für Win32 und NetWare Systems v4.01a, FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.10a, SQLite 2.8.15, ADODB 4.65, Zend Optimizer 2.5.10a, XAMPP Security. For Windows 98, 2000, XP.

The least file size available is a self-extracting archive at 26MB, and a ZIP at 77MB. Now lets see, I got a pretty impressive setup on my machine – Apache 2.0.54 (4.66MB), PHP 4.4.0 (6.64MB), MySQL 4.1.13 (15.4MB), PHPMyAdmin 2.7.0 (1.87MB) and ActivePerl 5.8.7 (12.7MB). And the file size in toto? 41.27MB. And I don’t have an FTP or mail server or the other add-ons that they have listed… WOW!

Forget file size – XAMPP gives the user one control panel to configure its services and one directory to look after. Compared to what a user would have faced if he had installed the components individually, its utopia.

Compared with WOS Portable, XAMPP has a clear advantage in its array of components on offer; but as I’ve mentioned earlier, XAMPP is not truly portable, even if it is offered in an “unzip, run, delete” format.

And why am I not using XAMMP? Even after recommending it to others? Because where I’m headed, XAMPP is redundant. The environment would be just as I have set it up right now – independent directories and config files, etc. etc. But its nice to know that if I ever get frustrated with the LAMP/WAMP architecture, I can turn to XAMPP 😉 .