transform a naked Ubuntu Intrepid server into a full-featured multi-site Django-loving server
You don't have to worry about complex OS compatibility issues, dependencies or undesirable interactions with other applications because a software appliance is a self contained unit that runs directly on top of hardware or inside a virtual machine.
htaccess magic for shiny urls
online .htaccess file creator/editor
oooh, python hacky stuff :>
really useful tips for mysql/LAMP-based webapp development