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    Linux virtual machine?

    I need to learn Perl and so I need to have linux on my machine. I'm useless at all this sort of thing and really don't want to have dual boot - can anyone recommend a virtual machine that I can run within Windows to allow me to use Perl?

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    If you're looking for a free one, I'd try VMware's VMplayer - this can't create VMs but it can use them. I find this solution works fine unless you're working between a lot of different instances, there are plenty of user friendly websites that help you create a VM of the type you want.

    Somethiing else entirely that may be better is Cygwin, have you been looking into this at all? It basically gives you a Linux like environment entirely within Windows, it's not perfect in that you don't get a complete Linux command box but it does actually work really well and I think it would do what you want. Definitely worth a look into.

    John

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    John thanks a million, I really didn't know where to start but now you've given me a starting point, I'm off to look VMplayer and Cygwin up, thanks again

    If you're just learning perl and not Linux as well then why not install a perl interpreter for windows? ]ActivePerl looks to be fairly popular at the moment, although I haven't used perl in years so I can't vouch for it.

    I have to admit I'm not that up on Perl options although I generally find that the native Linux solutions tend to be easier to work with as that's what most guides and tutorials are using. Just my view though and probably a lot to do with the fact that's always the way I've worked with these tools.

    John

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    The books that I'm working with use Linux, so I hadn't thought of trying with an interpreter- I'll take a look at the website, thanks

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    The books that I'm working with use Linux, so I hadn't thought of trying … The books that I'm working with use Linux, so I hadn't thought of trying with an interpreter- I'll take a look at the website, thanks



    I guess you're not up to speed on the jargon yet? The interpreter isn't some sort of emulator, it's the thing that turns you readable perl code into instructions for the machine. A Linux distro may come with one pre-installed but windows doesn't, hence my suggestion that you 'install a perl interpreter for windows'

    I would imagine it's pretty much identical across platforms, especially if you're using it as CGI for webpages. File paths will be different (D:\Perl instead of usr/bin/perl/) but you'll be creating them yourself anyway. I only ever used perl on windows though.

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    Nah I'm nowhere near up to speed on anything yet, the more webites I visit the more confused i become

    Thanks everyone for all the help
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