> one of these days, I really gotta set up a Linux box...
Nowadays it is not necessary to set up a Linux box, make a bootable USB memory stick.!
My preference for new comers is Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php.
Setting up a virtual machine is potentially even easier, particularly if you have plenty of ram. I like Oracle Virtual Box. Ah, no, I like Virtual Box (now owned by Oracle)
Here are two recent informative threads:
- "Running Moodle without the Internet" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=269421
- "Teach yourself Linux" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=268623
Make use of the Advanced search facility to find more.
I have a couple of them already, a Debian and a Knoppix and an Ububtu I think, and have l played with them, but that is all. If I am going to take it seriously, then I really want a permanent home for it, not just a plugin, or a DVD distro.
It occured to me that I need not be telling you that. Then decided that the message might be useful to some reader.
Talking of a permanant home, of course my machines are Unix/Linux only. But I have kins who run Windows 7 as the base OS but installed Ubuntu on VirtualBox and tuned it so much that the machine Ubuntu for all practical purposes. Don't ask me how they solved any potential problems or whether the performance is good enough, etc. simply because I don't utilize desktop virtualization seriously.
And I have never made the time to set up a VBox so I wouldn't know either.
It is not that difficult, so I understand, just time consuming to set it up right and we only have 24 hours in a day - which is considerably less than it used to be anyway...
You guys really really should give up the discussion here. Or else change the subject line, or get a moderator to split the thread.
Or maybe not.
But the strange thing is that all the posts since John Fontaine Thursday, 31 May 2012, 16:02 UTC are flat, the threading is gone!
I am 100% sure that my post Sunday, 21 September 2014, 18:29 UTC was a _reply_ to Colin's post on Saturday, 20 September 2014, 10:09 UTC. But now, both in the nested and threaded views, the posts are all at the same level! What could have happened?
Edit: I replied to Derek's post Thursday, 25 September 2014, 01:50 UTC but see my post at the same level.
Well, yes and no Derek.... Yes, we did get off topic, well, I did but no, it was valuable for me as I am in the process of installing Oracle's Virtual Box. Visvanath's comment shamed me into doing something about it. I have the Win64 file and the relevant extension pack I need. I am going through the documentation now to see what is required and then I am looking for forums where I may find a nasty surprise or two, or not, as Marcus has assured us above. Then I am probably going to have to install Ruby, unless it is native, then install canvas to see what it may or may not be capable of... This is assuming I can do all this of course, in my usual thumb-fingered and ham-fisted trial-and-error way.
And..btw... I, too, am getting the same non-nested views Visvanath mentions above.
I am feeling uncomfortable after hearing that my words stirred your conscience. Now I have no alternatives than to continue!
The first question: Is it the "desktop" you need or a server. If you are really ham-fisted as you confess, which I don't believe from your posts here, and can work efficiently in your presend desktop, install the Linux VM as a server! See "Video Tutorial - Install Moodle on a virtual Box from scratch" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=199542. I prefer the "brided mode" as I wrote two posts below in that thread.
Install a complete web-development environment on it and get your experiments going. Important: get a proper server without GUI, Ubuntu Server Edition or Debian and untick the "Desktop" choice.
Look for server jobs, from simple monitoring tasks, taking a site backup of Moodle or even automating the installation of Moodle.
My preferred "forums" are Newsgroups. I believe community forums of the distribution you've chosen would do.