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Old 05-26-2009
Question learning UNIX on a Windows 2000 machine?

What is the best way to learn UNIX, shell, and Perl on a Windows 2000 machine? My place of employment uses Solaris and Perl and I would like to learn some UNIX skills on my home PC.

I read about "dual boots", "Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX", and "cygwin". What other free options are there? Which would you recommend for learning UNIX and Perl?

If somebody could point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-26-2009
if you are familiar with Solaris, you can download opensolaris and run it on vmware. To learn Perl, you can just download the windows version of it.
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Old 05-26-2009
Get VirtualBox or VMware, download OpenSolaris and off you go. As soon as you're comfortable with the environment you can try installing it in parallel to Windows (dual-booting)

WSU is just a small subset of programs and APIs designed for Windows/UNIX interoperability.
Cygwin is a Linux emulator which is nice for running certain applications if no Windows port exists, but I doubt it's usefulness if you're just learning.

As for Perl: get the Camel book and dig through the perldoc tutorials
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Old 05-28-2009
Question VMware?

Thank you pludi and ghostdog74.

I am interested in VMware. VMware Workstation costs $189. Is there a free VMware product that can run UNIX on Windows2000?

Thank you.
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Old 05-28-2009
Another possibility is to install the free VMware player and to download one of the available appliances.

Regards
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Old 05-28-2009
Question

Franklin52,

I installed VMware player. I am confused by the appliances. For example, one appliance is called "Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop with VMware Tools". Will that run Ubuntu on Windows2000? Or does it run VMware Tools on Ubuntu"? Here is the link: Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop with VMware Tools | Virtual Appliance Marketplace

Could you recomend VMare appliance that will run Ubuntu on Windows2000?

Thank you.
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Old 05-28-2009
3 possibilities:
  1. Ask you company if they maybe have a license for VMware that you could use.
  2. Use VirtualBox. It's OSS, no license fee.
  3. Use VMware Player and create the virtual machine using a tool. This page has some information on .vmx files, and more importantly links to sites that can create them for you.
 

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