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  • Can individual (Windows and Ubuntu) partitions, on dual booted computers, have different Development Environments (ie Wocker by Docker, Vagrant VVV, or Local by Flywheel), on different operating system partitions, so that one Development Environment on say the Windows partition, will not interfere with the Development Environment on the Ubuntu partitions? Is this pretty easy to do?

    Any suggestions of which Development Environment to use on Windows or Ubuntu? I am thinking of having 1 Windows partition and 2 – 3 Ubuntu partitions, if this is acceptable, so I can try a number of Dev. Environs out. I know it’s overkill for the site I want to build, but I think I’d like to learn first hand which works for me.

    So … can I dual boot and use different Development Environments on the various operating system partitions? Or does that, get way difficult and require a bunch of coding, which I don’t do … yet. Anyway, much appreciated. I’m looking forward to mt first site, and hope there are many more.

    Note: I don’t have a site yet as I am trying to determine my development environment.

    • This topic was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  hkfletch.
    • This topic was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  hkfletch.
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  • Nothing on either partitions will interfere with the other. The software you run on either can’t have any affect on the other.

    But are you setting up these partitions just to create multiple development environments? That really shouldn’t be necessary. You can make multiple development environments on one operating system install/partition.

    Again your separate boot environments will not interact with each other.
    However it should not be necessary to go this far. Any development too worth using has the good manners to play nicely with other tools.

    That said I do nearly all my development and other work under Ubuntu, in particular “Ubuntu Mate”, I also put lots of computer users onto this system, depending upon their background I can give them either Redmond (=Windows) or Cupertino (=Mac) desktops with minimal cultural shock.
    On the rare occasions when I need to use Windows tools, I run WinXP under a VirtualBox environment.

    But my immediate advice is tell you to get on with developing WordPress sites, and just use whatever tools you have at hand, I know that I could spend more than a human lifetime setting up my ideal dev environment, so I still don’t have it, but I have done lots of good work instead.

    Once you have a text editor that can color code PHP files you are good to launch.

    Thanks Jacob and Ross! This was my first WordPress post! I am very excited and I thank you both.

    Jacob … Yes. I did want to create different partitions for different development environments so I could learn about them, and choose the one that worked best for me. Since I am just getting started, I thought I would just get off on the best foot from the start. I’ve had an idea for a site for years but figure I may need to try a lot of things with different components to get there. So I thought I’d find just the right environment to make that easy. I am new to this, but have been reading my brains out and think I can do this. Thanks. Very encouraging.

    So, Jacob and Ross … “I can make multiple development environments on one operating system install/partition.” Wow! Do you actually mean I could actually install Vagrant VVV, and Local from Flywheel, and maybe Wocker by Docker all on the same drive partition? … Windows or Ubuntu? … and the sites, and datebases, would be insulated from each other, and each will work just fine? Wow! If so … that is very cool! Somehow I got the idea they couldn’t. That is so wonderful I can hardly believe it and had to say it again to wrap my brain around it.

    Thanks to both of you on that.

    Hmmmm … so … does that mean I will have different LAMP or WAMP stacks installed on the one partition too, one for each environment? Or will they all use the same (Apache or whatever) server … or different servers? Does each environment have a different stack?

    Ross … I was thinking I would use Ubuntu mostly also. I will have to do some research to learn more about those you mentioned though, as I have been on again and off again on it … but figure that’s the way to go since most production servers are Linux.”

    “…Ubuntu Mate”, I also put lots of computer users onto this system, depending upon their background I can give them either Redmond (=Windows) or Cupertino (=Mac) desktops with minimal cultural shock.”

    … and the WinXP is a good steer too. Thanks.

    Thanks for the good help guys. You’ve made my first post a really good experience and this new guy really appreciates it a lot. I will get right on it.

    What to do? … “I should probably check the Reply and mark as resolved” box as I got very good news. But, I’m having fun so I think for now I will just hit Submit … and check it next time … because, I’m new to this and it is very exciting. Thanks again!

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