Linux Training For The New Linux User – Download Tips For Linux Virtual Machines – System Admin


You can quickly and easily download Linux free as a virtual machine and run Linux in Windows!

Here's how: You download and install the free Linux virtual machine player and virtual machine. Then you run the player and "open" the virtual machine, in the same way as you run a spreadsheet program and open a spreadsheet!

Linux Commands Training Tips: The Linux System Administration concepts and commands covered here apply to: Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Slackware, Debian, SUSE and openSUSE – and ALL other Linux distributions.

Tips You Need to Know – Before You Download Linux Virtual Machines

1. Some Linux virtual machines are in a small Linux download file – but get bigger!

Some virtual machine files are very small in relation to others, and so they take much less time to download. However, once you open them in the virtual machine player, you are just starting to install them!

These virtual machines are set up to start a "network installation" immediately after you open them.

When you open these files, a "network installation" begins and you have to provide several configuration settings and install the Linux "over the internet".

This can be a very time-consuming way to get Linux running in Windows.

Linux Training Tips: If you are new, download virtual machines that have been completely installed, as opposed to ones that need to be installed "over the network". It takes longer to download the ones that are completely installed, but you will save a lot of time in the long run.

2. Some Linux virtual machines have no time limit, but others only run for a limited time.

For example, Ubuntu and Fedora Linux are available for free and have no time limit. However, the Red Hat and SUSE virtual machines have a limit to the number of days of use, such as 30 days. And you have to "sign up" for these Linux distributions by filling in a bunch of forms online.

Linux Training Tips: Unless you have a burning need to learn a specific Linux distribution, get one that does not have a time limit.

For example, Ubuntu is a very stable distro that works well and is a reliably small download.

3. Run Linux in Windows and then use Linux training videos to learn how to use it.

You can use a virtual machine in combination with training videos, to get training quickly and easily.

Just start a virtual machine to run Linux in Windows.

Then go to the command line so you can run Linux commands.

Then press Alt + Tab to go to the training videos window.

Watch a bit of a video on a Linux command and then pause the video.

Press Alt + Tab again and go to the virtual machine and practice the command you've just seen.

Then go back and watch some more of a video, and so on.

This is an excellent way to get practical Linux training and experience!


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