For those who wish to try Linux without having to install it on their hard drive, there exists a number of
LIVE CD distributions. They boot directly from the CD and don't install anything on the hard disk. Boot up time
is of course slower than with a hard disk, but it is a great way to experiment with Linux.
Knoppix is a bootable Linux CD with great automatic hardware detection (including support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices)
Knoppix can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD or as a rescue system. It has on-the-fly decompression,
which means that the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.
Download Knoppix for free.
MEPIS MEPIS Linux is a user-friendly operating system based on
Debian Stable that "just works". It runs from
your CD/DVD or USB drive so you can use it on your Windows or Mac
machines without installing.
MEPIS comes with much of the software
most users need, and hundreds of additional open-source programs are
just a click away
Download your free copy of Mepis here.