ExtremeTech: A Taste of Linux

“In our other articles this week, we’ve looked at distros that
had to be installed to your hard disk before you could use them.
But that’s not always necessary–there are Linux versions out there
that let you just pop a live CD in, boot your computer, and go.
They give you a chance to use Linux without the headache of
installing everything. If you’re totally unfamiliar with Linux,
these offerings are a great way to get a taste of Linux and use
some Linux-based applications. If you decide you don’t like Linux,
just take the CD out, reboot your machine and you’ll be back in
Windows once more.

“Some of these versions aren’t for everybody, so read carefully
before deciding to play with one. All you’ll need to try them out
are some recordable CDs, an Internet connection, and a CD burner.
You won’t even need you credit card–every one of these
distributions is free for the downloading.

“Note: These are not full-blown reviews. Rather, they are geared
toward giving you a sample of what you can expect from each distro,
particularly if you are a Linux newcomer who just wants to see what
they’re like…”


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