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installing unix on vmware

hi i want to practise UNix on my XP pc and i want to install UNIX while iam using XP without uninstaling

i knew that its possible to load UNIX on VMWARE all i need is the step by step instructions to download and install VMware fo free and also instruction on installating UNIX on VMWARE
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Krzysztof PytkoActive Directory EngineerCommented:
I would suggest for that Oracle Virtual Box. In my opinion it's better for test environment on local computer and can support 64bit guest OSes. Oracle Virtual Box can be downloaded from

Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:

You can use VMWare or VirtualBox (this is also an open source software and very successful one.

- Downlaod the VMWare Player Which is free.
- Install it.
- Download Lnux iso such as ubuntu
- Launch VMWare and create a new system with  a disk of at least 20 GB Space.
- Indicate .iso file as CD Drive
- Start Virtual Machine go through installation prompts.

This is it..

schelakoAuthor Commented:
where can i get the linux iso for free
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You should download the Live Ubuntu installer....it will allow you to install Ubuntu while you're running Windows. After the install complete, it will allow you to dual boot Linux and Windows. Once you are ready to uninstall, you can uninstall from Windows directly. If not, there's always VMWare player which is free....

If you want to go nuts trying to choose one, use www.distrowatch.com

You can use VMware server, but it is only supported on 2k3 or 2k8...
schelakoAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the links and info is it going to be a GUI based or unix like commnad line

Bcoz iam looking for Unix like command line interface to practice unix.

Krzysztof PytkoActive Directory EngineerCommented:
OK, so, Unix is not free... as you know :) but completely free BSD-like systems are:

FreeBSD (http://www.freebsd.org/)
openBSD (http://www.openbsd.org/)
NetBSD (http://www.netbsd.org/)

their default installation is only in text mode with command-line interpreter. You can there learn a lot about command-line syntax. Just download their small install ISOs (openBSD, NetBSD) and FreeBSD is much more larger that previous two.

I use openBSD and it's OK for me. There are ready compiled packages for it and ports, which you can compile by yourself

All of these OSes have very small hardware requirements for text-environment. i.e. openBSD runs on 32MB of RAM with 200Mhz CPU :)

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