red hat as virtual platform on windows 8.1 touch laptop

I have a lenovo laptop that has Windows 8.1 Touch screen. I want to setup a virtual OS on my laptop I want to use RED Hat Linux cause I want to understand Linux. I'm totally clueless what should I use as a Virtual technology and can I install RedHAT linux using it as a lamp server? Is there free Virtual Clients and is Red hat still free to setup and use?  and will this work and not screw up my laptop it's 64 bit?
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Kent WSr. Network / Systems AdminCommented:
You can setup RH virtually on anything that has enough specs to handle.  I would suggest using VMWare workstation.  
Red Hat is free to install, but to update, they require a subscription. CentOS is the free RPM based distro that I would suggest using.  It is actually a no-cost solution.  
Another option, if you want to play around with a linux shell, is to get a few-bucks-a-month VPS (check, these VPSs you can re-install many different *nix versions very quickly, and you don't have to worry about trashing your laptop.

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Tom PowersAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mugojava this is new to me I'll definitely check this out.
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