Linux Terminal Access Options:

The following options exist to access a Linux distribution for education and training purposes. 

1. JS/Linux – Web based Option:

JS/Linux ( – offers a free web based Linux virtual machine to practice standard Linux commands with file import and export capability.  Create a free account on to login. 

2. Kali Linux Option:  

Kali Linux is  a prepackaged Linux distribution that includes many popular cybersecurity tool. It can be installed on most workstations under a virtual machine (i.e,, VirtualBox or VMWare)  or accessed from a cloud platform See Create a Personal Kali Linux Lab for more information on Kali Linux options.  

3. Linux Application Installation (Native or Subsystem):

WARNING: Be very careful of what you install on your personal workstations and make sure you backup your personal data.

Linux distributions can be installed on most Windows supported workstations and servers. Windows offers a version of Linux (Ubuntu) from the Microsoft Store.  Windows also has a native subsytem for Linux that should be investigated if you are interested.

For Apple, look at using a virtual platform (e.g., VirtualBox )to install a Linux distribution.