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Old 01-29-2011, 01:38 AM   #1
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Any linux server available in internet to login using putty and learn commands?

Hi all,

I would like to learn basic linux commands and editors (eg : vi). Am using windows and it is difficult for me to install linux in ma laptop. So is there any free linux login servers available in internet so that I can login to server with putty and try using basic linux commands and editors.

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However, there are a few alternative approaches. Cygwin will provide a GNU/Linux-like environment on Windows, including the de-facto standard bash shell and common (and less common) command line programs.

If your laptop has at least 1.5 GB of RAM, you should be able to run Linux in a virtual machine.

You can use Wubi, , to install Ubuntu from Windows, with no need to repartition your disk.
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Hi and welcome to the forums.

I don't know about the availability of free Linux server, but for learning purposes, you could use a live cd or live usb installation. You can also install linux within Windows using something like Virtualbox or rent a cheap virtual private server somewhere.
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

You could install Cygwin in Windows to have a Linux-like environment to practice your commands. That way you don't have to change anything on your computer. You could also install a Linux distro alongside your Windows installation and making your computer dual-boot. If you just want to go ahead and play with the Linux console you can have a look at this site SDF Public Access Unix system, create a free account there and you'll have SSH access. I haven't tested the capabilities of SDF but it should get you started with the basics.

Kind regards,

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No need to login just get the text linux. Runs in browser.

If you don't want to install then might consider using one of the two network bootable sites. and let you make some cd/usb/floppy that can network boot a system.

Try both ideas.

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