"Live CD's are bootable compact disks that allow you to
explore the features of an operating system (in this case, Linux)
as if you were in that particular OS. To use, you simply load the
Live CD into your optical drive, boot up your PC, and presto! -
You'd be on your way to your first Linux experience.
"Once inside, you’ll get to see everything that you'll
find in a basic installation of the particular Linux distribution
that came with the CD. Now this is not just a regular
window-shopping experience, as you'll also be allowed to perform
almost everything you can in a typical installation. That includes
running programs, opening windows, exploring folders, checking out
system resources, detecting hardware, viewing your Windows files
and folders, and many others - even surfing the Web if you have an
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