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Instant Linux

Want to know what all the fuss is about when it comes to Linux? Here’s an easy way to try it out and use it, without installing software on your PC; it runs straight from a CD.

The Linux operating system inspires intense devotion among its adherents. There’s good reason for that: it’s fast, it’s free, it isn’t subject to the same kinds of security woes that bedevil Windows computers, and it can be just plain fun.

Of course, it can be just plain maddening as well. And the thought of installing an entirely new operating system alongside XP, or reformatting your hard disk...let’s just say that unless you really know you want to use Linux, you don’t want to go there.

But there’s a way to get instant Linux: use the free software called Knoppix. It runs straight from a CD, so you don’t need to do any installation at all. Just boot your computer from your CD, and voilà: instant Linux.


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