Re: Installation appears stuck at first step
I have no clue whether this will help you, and I guess not. But who knows.
I was also stuck with a stubborn refusal of the installer to progress beyond the very first page (zero). No error message, no nothing. Just would not advance.
After removing all stuff and retrying, and failing again, and making all kinds of increasingly desperate Unix file permission changes, I suddenly remembered that I had just installed MySQL for the first time (I am a PostgreSQL guy). Although the server and client work perfectly, I didn’t install the PHP5 libraries for it! Duh..
$ sudo apt-get install php5-mysql
$ sudo invoke-rc.d apache2 reload
Hint to bbPress developers: add that silly check for the MySQL PHP lib… easily done, and another problem solved.