In the "let's try not to reinvent the wheel" perspective, I've been looking for a packaged LAMP (or LEMP) stack for some time now, not only the basic Mysql, Apache , PHP etc... but ideally stuff like APC, Postfix... basically something that would implement recognized practices & standard for security, general performance. A standard default installation that would work out of the box with all the bells & whistles that one would need to get started.
It's usually fairly easy to find the basic configurations with Apache, Mysql, PHP etc... but surprisingly difficult to find anything that goes a step further.
The Mercury Project seems to have been absorbed by the Pantheon Project and it looks like it's not supported anymore, looking at the comments on the group's page, the install script seems out of date. There's also the BOA project that sounds excellent but goes way beyond what I'm looking for.
Linode.com has a few stackscripts but the LAMP stack doesn't implement a mailing solution ( I'm looking here for the basic notifications from the server )
And there's of course WHM/CPanel, but I've never been a fan and I'm not looking for a control panel.
Have I missed something?
Drupal optimization is a plus but not a deal breaker.