does the trick.
sudo tasksel install lamp-server
Installing LAMP (well, actually AMP) locally instead of accessing remote servers online helps with testing joomla/CMS installations, editing templates, not screwing up a live website, etc. The last time I tried to do this I got bogged down by all the articles that explained how to "install Ubuntu Server Edition," when what I really wanted to know was how to install AMP on top of the desktop version of Ubuntu. Also, the Ubuntu community documentation pages (that I turned to for help on wifi) were long and out-of-date on the subject of ApacheMySQLPHP.
Of course one option is installing the packages individually, but it turns out there's an easier way: Tasksel.
I typed in (at a terminal):
user@user-desktop:~$ sudo tasksel install lamp-server
It immediately started downloading packages, prompted for a MySQL password, and the whole process was over in less than ten minutes.
To check that AMP installed properly, I entered "localhost" in my browser and voila, I was greeted with
Kehe. That made me smile.
FootnotesSystem used: Ubuntu 9.04.
For a bit more info, see Ubuntu Forums - View Single Post - HOWTO: Setup easy web development environment (XAMPP)