This guide has been tested and working fine on Fedora & Centos machines.
I asked this question on here late last night about how I can get the latest PHP, MySQL, and phpmyadmin on my 32bit installation of CentOS 5.8.
I was able to get PHP and MySQL back up and running successfully. I was unable to get phpmyadmin3 working, but phpmyadmin2 is still running like a champ. That's another can of worms.
However, during the process, my pure-ftpd was removed.
I've got server on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS. I need to install Pure-FTPd with MySQL authentication.
I'm installed pure-FTPd by typing "apt-get install pure-ftpd-mysql".