Why can't I install php-mysql?
The package is called
php5-mysql in Ubuntu, not
Easiest way to install LAMP on Ubuntu is using an APT task:
sudo apt-get install lamp-server^
The caret (
^) is not a typo.
It will select all the relevant packages for you. For your specific case is Dennis right, you're just missing the PHP5-MySQL bindings which you were installing with the wrong package name. Anyway, the task will make sure you'll have most common packages, including this one.