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Date: 2003Mar3 Updated: 2010jan21 Q. Is there a safe way to try out Linux? A. There are several ways to try out Linux without erasing your harddisk or making a partition. Here are some: 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). --- Update --- Two more ideas for Newbies trying out Linux have come to mind so I thought I'd share. Another half-way step is Phat Linux which installs just like a normal Windows application -- Yes on a FAT partition. No new partitions or boot changes necessary. If you have the diskspace you can try it. From Windows just doubleclick on an icon and you Launch Linux. http://www.phatlinux.com/
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