My bro got me a copy of Linux for Windows, its Linux-Mandrake thats got KDE and GNOME as Desktops(not sure what versions). And thats about it. My question is... will this work? I'm trying to get a mud codebase to compile, it requires linux kernel 2.2.x and also something about zlib library and support for POSIX threads. I understand I will have to download a compiler or something of the sort to compile the code... I'm not too familiar with linux in general except for a bit of command line syntax to get code to compile and run under a linux server. The documention with the linux-mandrake is very limited, and it only came on one CD. It seems to be a barebone linux with a desktop.
Any resources/help/advice on how to see what version the linux kernal is, or if this will work at all? Or maybe where/what compiler to get and all that? Also, would it work under VMware Workstation to run windows and linux at one time(use visual C++ as my coding ide, and compiler under linux... maybe I can use an emulator?).
ANY help is MOST appreciated. Thank you very much.
p.s. If it won't work, the package was 20 bucks, I saw mandrake(or redhat) for 30 bucks at the same place in the past... could probably return the package and get that instead and use it with vmware... thanks again.