Originally Posted by remout
I see that VMWare, one I'm familiar with, has a product "Workstation for Linux" sounds like what I'm looking for.
As a Linux newbie, it seems one good option would be to buy a laptop Linux already on it?
You can certainly find pre-installed Linux from several vendors. However, I think you'll find that you can load Linux onto most laptops suitable for the VM deployment you are planning.
1. Choose a distribution, download, make a DVD or USB install kit
Most distributions are a "live media" configuration that will boot-up
2. Use the DVD or USB and boot into the "live media"
This will let you play with that distribution on the laptop you are using.
Have trouble? Have access to another laptop? Boot there and try again.
3. Once your are comfortable with your choice of distribution and laptop,
accomplish the installation using the same DVD or USB.
4. After the installation, install the over-the-net updates [this is painless compared with WinXX.]
Reboot and you are ready to start adding your VM parts.
You may want to top-off your laptop installed RAM first. Linux will make efficient and effective use of whatever RAM you have, and VM operation will want as much RAM as you can make available.
I run Linux Mint 17.3 on a Thinkpad X220 Convertible. Prior to that I
used Ubuntu April-2008 edition, but switched to Mint (an Ubuntu cousin) in 2014. This was on a Thinkpad X61T Convertible.
My desktop and tower boxes are all either Ubuntu or Mint something.