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There is nothing very difficult to understand with Linux. Get a copy of Ubuntu and if you don't have a spare PC, you can install it on a spare raw partition and do dual booting. I have it on my home system.
I dabbled with Ubuntu many years ago (I think it was their version 11) but at that time it did not have a driver for the Soundblaster card I had in my machine, so I dumped it. Anyway, thanks for the advice!
Actually most people do it the other way... Linux main OS and Windows in a VM... specially Win10
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
I'll second the suggestion to use WSL - I do cross-platform (Linux/Windows) C++ development & use a Windows 10 laptop with a WSL Ubuntu 18.04 installation, and I wouldn't want to work any other way. I use Ubuntu bash as my main shell. I can invoke both Windows and Linux executables from that shell. I use Visual Studio Code as my editor, and can either interact with Windows tools, or Linux ones if I use the Remote-WSL extension.
If you use WSL1, you're using the Windows kernel through a translation layer, while WSL2 uses a lightweight VM with a Linux kernel - oh, and you can switch between WSL1 and 2 at will... In either case, your userspace experience should be pretty much the same...
Java, Basic, who cares - it's all a bunch of tree-hugging hippy cr*p
Ugh! I will keep your suggestion on the back burner, but quite frankly, I will lie if I tell you I understood every word you wrote. Note: The problem is my comprehension, not your suggestion! I just have to read your posting a few more times.
And: I have already downloaded the iso for Ubuntu (version 19 something). So I am ready to go the Ubuntu route if needed.
Try to take a look at this book "Assembly Language for x86 Processors", http://kipirvine.com/asm/ that is Windows and Visual Studio based textbook. Although it titled as x86 (32-bit) because of its history reason, it actually gives 64-bit assembly description almost at each chapter end. You also can find author's x64 libraries and practice 64-bit programming with VS. I am teaching ASM with this book for years and think it really a nice learning environment there.