Just got an Ubuntu LAMP server running on VirtualBox. Bought the disk image from TradeBit, which turned out to be a good move, as the chap selling the image was incredibly helpful. Talked me through various tweaks to get me up and running which I would basically have never found (No PAE support? Resetting DHCP client?)
But now, I have a little Ubuntu server running on my Windows machine! I managed to set up port forwarding under my own stream, and also installed a Gnome GUI layer, Firefox and Webmin. I can browse to it from my Windows host, and am now all set to start a WordPress site development exercise without needing to be online.
I think this is the first time I’ve had an ‘aha’ moment with Linux. I’ve had a go through the years, but never managed to get the OS running, for one reason or another. Particularly enjoyed the GUI package manager that gives me a whole universe of softare to choose from and install in an apparently reliable way.
Here’s the VDI image, in case you are interested: