Need help finding a cheap and easy Linux setup

Need help finding a cheap and easy Linux setup:

Hi, I have a computer with a small SSD that I don’t want to use for Linux, but also don’t want to buy a USB drive to run it on as well. Would a service like AWS or Azure be a good place to host a VM running Linux, or should I just buy a thumb drive? Also, I am using some Linux distro I haven’t decided on yet to learn more about scripting and a part time development OS if this information helps. If running it off an external drive or cloud service isn’t practical, should I just get a cheap laptop to run Linux or a Raspberry Pi? Any comments about what I should do would be appreciated.

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