First, thanks for helping.
php -i did not return any output 'Configure Command=>'
It does return this though:
PHP Version => 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.5
So it looks like I need to install a higher version anyway to make sure my dev box matches my prod.
I had actually started at the highest offered (5.3.5) in the admin interface but that was full of compile issues with incorrect URLs for downloads and such.
I tried a number of versions just trying to get something above 5.2 to compile but I am not sure if I tried 5.3.2 in particular. I am going to try that and see if I can get it to go.
Thanks again. I'll let you know if it works.