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Old 12-21-2008, 10:48 AM   #1
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Question Learn about Linux network with one computer


I want to learn about internet, communication, but I have no friends with Linux.

Who know about intranets know about internet too? I'm a poor man and can't afford two computers; can I setup networks with virtual machines? Are two or tree virtual machines enough to study? Will virtual machines outwear my computer? I have an Atlhon64 X2 2.4Ghz with 1Gb ram.

Thanks in advance

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Old 12-21-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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Hello pslacerda ; welcome to LQ forums. You will find all the linux friends that you'll ever need here. Just browse through the appropriate forums for answers to your questions. And you are not POOR if you dont think and say you are.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 06:57 PM   #3
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your sys is plenty for linux, i suggest u try ubuntu simply because it seems to have the best hardware detection and makes for easier transition if you are not familiar with linux (ducks)

you should have at least 25gig hard-drive space for linux, and can set it up to dual boot windows. no need to use virtualization to learn, just install and play with it, break it and fix it. make sure you read and ask questions.
 
Old 12-21-2008, 07:08 PM   #4
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A 64bit dual core computer is pretty modern. Did you own another computer before? Many businesses get rid of their old computers and are glad to part with them real cheap. It means that they don't have to pay for recycling. An old Pentium III laptop may seem slow compared to today's computers, and a used laptop may have a crunchy key or two, but it would be an inexpensive way of having a second computer to experiment with.

If you use virtualization, you may want to have at least 2 GB of memory. The virtualized ethernet interface with have a distinct IP address, but the device will be named something like eth0:1. As a matter of fact, sometimes someone will do what you are doing, and forget that the DHCP server they are playing with in a virtual computer will assign interfaces on the network.

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Old 12-21-2008, 08:42 PM   #5
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Yes, I had two computer before, when bought the new tried to keep both. Next year I'll cut some parties, and fews walks to get an cheapest machine. A distant dream.

I try keep my computer stripped and fast. An minimalistic distro like Puppy Linux can bother me? On average about RAM spends a virtual machine? Have some disadvantage to study with one card network and two IP addresses?

I don't understood your last phrase; my ignorance plus my english...
 
Old 12-22-2008, 06:33 AM   #6
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Hi,

If you are going the 'virtual machine' route then I suggest that you look at 'VirtualBox'.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 12-22-2008, 12:34 PM   #7
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If you just want to play with linux / networking / servers
(remember: "play"="learn") then just go to the dump / recycling centre.

Plenty of serviceable PCs for no money at all.

No monitor or keyboard? Use it as a server or firewall.

Too slow for the previous owner? - this is linux, not windows.
Broken PSU? Salvage another.
Broken HDD? Salvage another.
No network card? Hunt around the dump for one that'll fit (PCI, ISA, EISA etc).
Ask your friends "When you next throw out a computer, throw it my way!"

It's eco-friendly, costs nothing and is fun if you have the time.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 08:14 PM   #8
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You convinced me! Get an old might not be so hard and not require so much money, I'll try.

Anyhow I installed Puppy Linux here on VirtualBox, it flies. On my future computer Puppy will be the choice.

thanks for all

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Old 12-22-2008, 11:40 PM   #9
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Hello pslacerda ; welcome to LQ forums. You will find all the linux friends that you'll ever need here. Just browse through the appropriate forums for answers to your questions. And you are not POOR if you dont think and say you are.
That's correct about being poor. I use linux for monetary reasons, and for freedom. I can do what I want with my machine. I am richer than the people in the coffee shops with their $1800 Macs. I wouldn't switch to another system if they paid me.
 
  


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