First, I'm not sure what the Forum Post Assistant has to do with my description of the problem. It isn't that difficult to understand and I just dont have the time to remove all references to my IP, site name and other info, I have enough would-be hackers without advertising.
Second, as I made clear, this is not the first time I've installed a Centos Server and Joomla, I was trying to count the times and it exceeds 50 and I have NEVER had this problem before, so it's pretty obvious to my tiny mind that it has something to do with 2.5 and NOT CentOS, nor is it my installation or version numbers and to prove this, I installed a 6.2 server (which was running 1.5) and I get the exact same problem.
I installed CentOS exactly the same as I have done with previous installations. I have MySQL 5.1.61 and it works perfectly. I have PHP 5.3.3 I have run phpinfo() and there are no issues that I can see. I have also run phpsecinfo and apart from the usual suspects, there is no problem there either.
I fail to see what an article about installing on Debian has to do with CentOS or what installing extensions has to do with not being able to get past the second page of the Joomla installation. I can only guess that the author was upset about something and decided to have a 'go' at me to relieve his/her frustration.
You seem to be telling me that Joomla 2.5 won't work without this additional layer of suPHP. I've spent the last 4 years fighting would-be hackers and I have more than 15,000 IP addresses blocked on the Firewall at one time I was getting up to 70 hack attempts per DAY. Every time someone suggested an additional security layer, it INCREASED my workload and even though the attacks are now only 2 or 3 per day, I can live without yet another "security" addition. I would rather close down the sites completely. In 4 years not one single attempt has been successful, so more layers of "security" do not impress me at all. I get all the info I want from phpsecinfo.
I'm really sorry that I upset you by daring to ask the question, but just forget it and I'll stick with 1.5 rather than indulge in a meaningless firefight and flaming each other because I'm obviously too dumb and inexperienced to help.