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LAMP is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP and is used to refer to the combination of listed open source software systems used to host many, if not most, of the web sites on the Internet. Often referred to as the LAMP stack, each technology works in concert with the other but is able to work independently as well, in the sense that no system necessarily requires the other. For example, Apache and MySQL require an operating system to run on but are able to work on operating systems other than Linux. PHP, in turn, works on web servers other than Apache and can use relational database management systems other than MySQL. On occasion, LAMP is also used as an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl (LAMPe) or Linux, Apache, MySQL and Python (LAMPy).

last updated 2007.09.24

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