I’ve recently had to delve back into an old cloud server running from a very old Linux installation. Suffice to say, it was time for a major upgrade. To start from scratch I found a HVM based AMI for the brand new 64bit version of Ubuntu 16.04 on the Amazon AWS and decided to have a clean LAMP stack to be able to transfer over all of the old web applications/sites/etc.
Much like we’ve come to expect from new releases of Ubuntu, the methods for setting up a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) remain mainly the same. The big change this time around (if you haven’t heard) is that PHP7.0 is finally out and had been officially entered into Ubuntu. The reason this is a big deal (other than speed improvements, and better Unicode support, among other things) is that we’ve been installing previous LAMP setups using php5 packages for years now. That’s all changed now!