If you want an easy way to install open source software you might want to take a look at Bitnami. There isn’t a huge amount of information about BitNami but a quick whois shows me that Bitnami.com was registered by BitRock founder, Daniel Lopez Ridruejo.
I would guess that this is the same technology as the open source BitRock installer that I have used to install other open source packages for MySQL, SugarCRM and NetDirector. The advantage here is that their stacks are an all inclusive package with dependency resolution that are updated from a single source. It’s the same problem that WISE and Installshield solve for Windows. However, Bitnami has a number of cross-platform packages for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
They also have a voting system to determine what stacks they should package next. So far they have four main stacks (Ruby, LAMP, WAMP, and MAMP) and list about 12 downloads for popular LAMP applications including:
I haven’t had the chance to test the Bitnami stacks on many different Linux distributions yet but if this is really the work of BitRock I am sure it will make it a lot easier for more people to install Linux.