I went through the install process and things look like they are working. had a few hurdles but mostly my fault. One that wasn't isn't really a LampCMS bug but an issue with Ubuntu PHP. Was getting this error:
session_start(): ps_files_cleanup_dir: opendir(/var/lib/php5) failed
Solution for me was to change ownership of /var/lib/php5 to www-data and make it writable by that group. Hopefully this will help someone else.