Laravel Homestead, Virtual Box, and Vagrant
Laravel Homestead is an official, prepackaged Vagrant box. An absolute beginner may find that concept a little bit quirky. You can imagine it as a scaffold platform or magical box that contains everything for building Laravel applications on your local machine. I encourage you to search and learn about the Laravel Homestead package. If you have Laravel Homestead installed, you need not worry about the latest PHP and Linux versions. It also comes with a web server and all types of server software that you need to develop some awesome PHP applications besides Laravel!