August 21, 2012

Need Help With Dual Boot Install.

The 3 Books I bought:
- PHP, My SQL and Apache 5th Edition By SAMS
I plane to study this book in sequence. Programs build on each other.
Comes with DVD and has: PHP 5.4, MySQL 5.5 and Apache 2.4 that I can install individually.
Or I can install XAMPP that will install everything and give me an interface, to my understanding.

- Beginning PHP and My SQL from Novice to Professional 4th Edition. By aPress
This book is more of a reference, the topics do not build on each other.

- Linux for Dummies 8 books in 1, 4th Edition.
Comes with DVD and has: openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and Xandros.

Plan A:
For my studies, I would like to run Linux as OS and install Apache, MySQL and PHP to run a Web Server and to learn everything as I go. I would like to keep Windows 7 on this new HP Pavilion p6 series AMD Quad-Core A6-3650 Accelerated Processor PC and partition the hard drive to have a dual boot system. Then on the new partition install Linux and so on. Then I can start to have a wonderful life with open source.

Plan B:
As I understand, there is a flash drive that will boot Linux. First of all, I don’t know where to download it. Then if I did, will it change Windows 7 in anyway?

Now – if I can run Linux off a flash drive, can all of the other software be install on the same flash drive and run properly and not change Windows 7 box at all???

Plan C:
Format the drive and install Linux and so on.

Plan D:
Using the program XAMPP on the DVD from the book PHP, My SQL and Apache 5th Edition By SAMS and start learning PHP, MySQL and a little about Apache with Windows 7 as OS. But this will not give me Linux knowledge!!!!!!!!!

One Last Item:
What is the command to find out what type and version of Linux on work server?

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