enabling gzip on my ubuntu box

The good news – mod_deflate is already in apache2-common.
The not-so-bad news – you need to add the symlink to mods-enabled.
The somewhat worse news – even in 2005, there’s potentially browser compat issues depending on how far back you want to support.

http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_deflate.html

I did the “impatient” route listed and added “AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml” to my 3 virtualhost stanzas.

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