pay? What’s that? hehe – all legit – I had a VMWare from a couple of years ago collecting dust on my HD when I was experimenting with creating a “Minecraft Operating System”, so everything was there. I just had to find a Linux flavor to go with. I ended up going with FreeBSD instead of Linux because it is the closest relative to the Unix I mostly forgot how to use and it was a tiny download. [I didn’t feel like waiting] and then I dove right in.
I even locked myself into it for an hour straight in the beginning, just poking around, using man pages to remind myself what the cryptic 2 letter commands did ‘c’ause I forgot… and got as far as I could without resorting to going online for help, which I only used when I had to. It was fun