How to setup a local development environment for Drupal 7 on Ubuntu 12.04 with apache, mysql, php, svn, git, eclipse, dnsmasq, and Drush

My hard drive crashed this last week and I ended up setting up a local dev environment on Ubuntu on a couple machines. Here are the steps I took; this should get anyone to a place where they're ready to start Drupal development on a local machine. In a nutshell, this how-to includes installing and configuring Ubuntu 12.04, Apache 2.2 (including virtual hosts configuration), MySQL 5.5, PHP 5.3.x, phpMyAdmin, SVN 1.7, Git, Eclipse (with PDT, Remote System Explorer, Subclipse, Egit), dnsmasq, and Drush.

Some thoughts on Drupal 8

I am primarily a Drupal site builder and themer, and occasional writer of code; my core skill-set is not in programming but in building and selling Drupal (I'm a true evangelist). That said, I have some thoughts on Drupal 8 core that I, as a hardcore Drupal user, would love to share. Here goes:


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