In the meantime, I wanted to talk about another way to set up your Linux environment, especially if you are working on a non-Linux environment such as Windows and you are not in a situation where you can set up a multi-boot machine.
You can install software that will set up a virtual machine on your machine that will allow you to run another operating system. There are two virtual machine software packages that you can install:
- Microsoft Virtual PC is a free software package from Microsoft that will allow you to run other operating systems in a virtual environment. While it easily supports running other Microsoft OSes as the guest operating systems, in my experience it doesn't play very well with installing and running Linux as the guest operating system (although it can be done with a little juryrigging). If you want to install and run a Linux distro on Virtual PC, you will need to do some additional research. I've found a site called The Sean Blog by Sean Earp which gives step-by-step instructions on how to install the various versions of Fedora on Virtual PC 2007. He also illustrates how to run Ubuntu on Virtual PC 2007. (Yes, this is a Microsoft TechNet blog.)
- VMWare Workstation is another software package from VMWare that will allow you to set up virtual machines. Unlike Virtual PC 2007, it is really easy to set up Linux distros in a virtual machine without juryrigging or workarounds. However, unlike Virtual PC 2007, this package is not free. The cost for one license is $189.00.
If you have any questions, please feel free to post and I will answer to the best of my ability. :)