If you want to learn Linux, you don't have to install one on your home
You can use on-line dedicated Linux servers available from datacenters
around the globe. Only one problem, usually these boxes are pretty
However there is a new technology called Virtuozzo, which allows to
partition server to hundreds independednt virtual private servers(also known
as a virtual environments or VE) which are basically as good as a stand
alone servers but cost only a small fee.
For instance for 9 USD per month you get your own Linux box on the broadband
network with 50 Mb hard disk space, your own administrative (root) access
rights and ability to install any software you like (within your disk
Virtual private server (VE) has many features preinstalled.
Since VE is similar to stand alone Linux server it has 2 users root and the
one you have created when subscribing for it. So you can telnet or ssh in to
your server to learn Linux command line and practice your administration
Virtual Environment has Apache Web server. It is configured to use the
Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Extension. Thus if you have Microsoft Front Page,
you can use it to edit your new web site.
There is a web mail client and mail server. You can use your normal E-mail
client (Outlook f.e.) to read its E-mail.
Each VE has FTP server and a Web Forum up and running and... lots of stuff
which usually comes with a standard Linux server installation.
Just visit http://virtual.1-net.com.sg hosting portal for example to take a