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Date: 2003Mar3
Updated: 2010jan21
Updated: 2018nov7

Q.  Is there a safe way to try out Linux?

A.  Use a Virtual Machine.  VMWare and Virtual Box are the major ones.
Install those on your Windows (or Mac) computers and then install Linux in there.

Here are some other ways...

Knoppix
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
Download the CD-ROM image and burn.  Then boot with it.
It does NOT write anything on your harddrive.  It detects all your
hardware and launches you into a Linux environment!
When you are done, remove the CD-ROM and boot then you are back
in Windows.  (If you don't want to download and burn you
can order from http://www.linuxcd.org)

Workspot
http://www.workspot.com/
For this one your don't even have to burn a CD or reboot!  Just go there
in your web browser.  You have to pay a bit but you get a virtual Linux
desktop in your browser.  Very cool, I think.
There's an article about it here http://www.theregister.com/content/4/29009.html

The OpenCD
http://www.theopencd.com/
Download and burn.  Its not Linux but high quality open source software
for Windows.  Most of the programs are also available for Linux.

Or the regular route...get a major distribution.
I prefer Red Hat http://www.redhat.com
Can be set up to dual boot with Windows.
Windowish distros include Linspire (formerly Lindows), Xandros (formerly Corel),
Lycoris (formerly Redmond Linux).