Acquia Stack Installer (aka DAMP)
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No doubt most of you are familiar with LAMP, MAMP, WAMP or XAMPP, which are installers designed to help people get started with PHP applications. DAMP is similar to MAMP, WAMP, and XAMPP, except that it comes with Acquia Drupal, and is specifically tuned for Drupal. The Acquia Stack Installer includes Acquia Drupal, Apache, MySQL, PHP, PhpMyAdmin, and an Acquia Drupal Control Panel.
The installer has been tested on Macs with OS 10.5 (Intel-based, not PowerPC) as well as all major flavors of Microsoft Windows. For Windows and Mac users, it is the easiest way to get started with Drupal. The installer is available for free, and is part of Acquia's efforts to simplify the Drupal experience for non-technical users. We think it will help the Drupal project grow. If you have friends, family, or co-workers that want to get started with Drupal, the Acquia Stack Installer is a great starting point.
While designed for end users, the installer is also good for web development. In fact, as part of our alpha testing, I switched from MAMP to Acquia's Stack Installer, and have already suggested some developer improvements for future releases. One will be to compile the Process Control Extension (PCNTL) into PHP -- something which is not available on MAMP or XAMPP. Enabling PCNTL allows SimpleTest to take advantage of multi-core processors; on a dual core machine this should cut the running time roughly in half.
Give it a try, and let us know if you have other suggestions or recommendations.
Dries BuytaertChairman, Chief Technology Officer Acquia, Inc.
Dries Buytaert is an open source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open source, startups, business, and the future at dri.es.