Is there a portable version of LAMP or XAMPP for Linux? Or anything similar? I'm trying to find something I can run off a USB flash drive for development and testing between various machines.

  • (for Windows: portableapps.com/apps/development/xampp) Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 15:44
  • I'm well aware that this and many other solutions exist on Windows. However, I'm asking specifically for Linux because I cannot find anything that precompiles the software with statically linked libraries so it can be run as a portable installation off a USB drive. Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 16:03
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    Vagrant can help you manage development environments in simple folders. It uses virtualisation to run a guest OS. However, it is probably not portable and not very fast when run from USB flash drives (at least from older ones).
    – ComFreek
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 17:46
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    Also know about Vagrant, Docker, and other virtualization options. None are portable so they are all a no go. Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 22:23
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    That would still require the host machine to have the VM software installed, which in my case is not something I have privilege to do on all the machines I need to work on. Hence why I shot down the Vagrant suggestion above. @Journeyman Geek - Portability in Linux is entirely possible so long as the software statically links and distributes any required external libraries with their binary. The problem is that this runs counter to UNIX philosophy and is rarely done (as opposed to Windows where this is common practice). Hence why I am having such a hard time finding a solution to my question. Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 12:32


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