I would recommend anyone to try installation at localhost first. I did that under XAMPP version 1.5.4a with PHP 5.1.6. I recommend that you check rewrite_module is enabled in httpd.conf file of your Apache before starting. Without this you won’t even see the installation screen of Habari. Next would be creating a MySql database, it’s harmless to use ‘habari’ as its name but this default entry in the installation screen is confusing as the AJAX check isn’t quite ready so it’s still OK to proceed even if you see “failed” and a message that your database can’t be detected…etc. For more details see this thread.