Nervous about installing Linux? Take it for a test drive by booting and running Linux without installing to your hard drive with a “Live Distribution”. This way you can try Linux without losing any data from your existing OS. Here are you few you can try right now:
Ready to dive in? Below are links to popular Linux distributions:
Ubuntu and other flavors including Kubuntu which is based on the K Desktop Environment, Edubuntu aimed at classroom use, and Xubuntu which is lighter on system requirements and runs on the Xfce Desktop Environment
Can’t decide which distribution is right for you? See Linux Journal‘s How to Pick a Distribution for some help. There you’ll learn about important factors to consider in order to avoid incompatibilities, high maintenance and lack of support.