A forum I visit regularly is about to go under. I've thought about creating a "phoenix" (rising from the ashes) forum so users will have a place to go. I already have a hosting site, but I'd like to POC this on my Ubuntu MATE box (lots of RAM, disk, etc.). I can pretty much start fresh, so my choices are...?
Since this will be a sandbox test, I'd like to try something free (open source) and without needing to install too many other options. I figure I'll need a database (Maria?), PHP/Perl/Python, a browser, perhaps an editor and maybe some admin tools.
My goal is to get a framework (and some working knowledge) that I can then transfer to my host ISP and publish with a minimum of tweaking.
Who recommends what? Any gotchas? Warnings?