So I recently went through the “Learn Moodle Basics,” course. And everything was looking good until I came to the part about setting up a server for my moodle site. And can I just say – Damn!! So anyways, I did a lot of research mostly on these forums and decided to go with setting up my own server. I remember reading that for the best results do not be afraid of the CLI, and something about CLAS. I’m going with Linux, specifically CentOS 8. Which I have to say is a whole new language, new culture, new world that I have to learn. Mind you I have the time now. So I am doing a course on learning the CLI for that program (As well as everything else) – it is going to take me a while to learn. My question has more to do with setting up a moodle program while I am learning about and setting up my server.
I have another computer (laptop) that I am going to dedicate to Linux, and I would then put a finished product of my moodle courses on. Then when my partner and I start our business in over a month from now, I would then transfer the server and moodle (hopefully) onto a server which a friend of mine has stored away. I would then use the Linux laptop as a go between from where I normally do work to the finished product which would be the dedicated server – it would be a place where I can work out the bugs and such.
However, I do wish to get started on the development of my Moodle Courses now. My question – sorry its taken me so long to get here. My question is can I just set up a virtual box on my normal computer, download CentOS into the virtual box, then download Moodle 3.8 onto that – knowing that I don’t know that much (if anything) about how to run my linux operating system. And then from there configure a course which I would then transfer onto my dedicated Laptop. Shall I just follow the directions for download – could it be that easy(ish). Better yet, could I just download Moodle onto my Windows OS – develop the course from here then transfer it to Linux – is that possible, and/or practical. Windows version would be great because I know how to get around it (not including anything to do with DOS). That said I also have a old apple/mac computer I could fire up if that would get the job done.
Also I believe the best – or from what I have read safest version of CentOS is one without a GUI. So I may use that for my dedicated server, but should I use it for my Virtual Box – or would that be too complicated?
I’m willing to put in the time and energy to learn anything and everything. But I would also like to know I am going in the right direction. I have searched the forums for answers to my questions to no avail.
I very much appreciate any help. Thank you.