"It is possible to run Linux without actually installing it on
your computer. This is done using a 'Live CD' and is the perfect
way to see if you like Linux or if it will run on your computer.
Linux runs directly from the CD and nothing is installed on your
computer so it is completely safe. The two most popular Live CD
Linux distributions are Knoppix and PCLinuxOS.
"The first step is to download or obtain the ISO (also known as
'image') file for the Live CD. Knoppix can be downloaded from
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html and PCLinuxOS
can be downloaded from
" It is possible to try Linux software without having Linux. The
major applications included in a Linux distribution are also
available for operating systems other than Linux. This gives you
the opportunity to run these programs under Windows or Mac OS and
try them before installing Linux to see how you like them. Each of
these pieces of software is free but there are compelling reasons
for using them other than price. Below is an overview of the four
most common types of software..."
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