In order to start developing some of my projects, I am finally evaluating some of the various CMS, to check the state of the art.
I am using WOS portable for this: a web server that runs completely from an USB stick (using my brand new Cruzer 4GB!). In addition to its ease of use it already has many CMS ready to install automatically and also includes Apache2, MySQL, PHP 4&5 and more.
It is really a great tool (for what I've seen so far).
Stay tuned for some consideration of the status of CMS.