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You should get an additional computer for sure. It is worth the time and investment to do this. Install CentOS minimal on the separate computer and follow guides on the centOS and openstack website. Make sure to install the base package group. Spend some time with CentOS first to get acquainted to administrating, updating, and adding applications to it.

Learn vim for sure. You will be glad you

Then carefully read through the Openstack material first, to get the general concepts and terminology under your belt. Openstack is made up of a number of components, each contributing to the whole. Understanding what you are doing is key for success. http://docs.openstack.org/trunk/openstack-compute/install/yum/content/ch_installing-openstack-overview.html

Yes, it will take some time for sure. But the journey will provide you with greater knowledge and understanding and allow you see more clearly the incredible opportunities that the Linux and open source ecosystem provides.