If you have never tried Linux, but have always been curious, it is much easier than you think to try it out. I love Linux for several reasons, first of all, it’s free! There are no viruses and there are tons of distributions to choose from. You can install Linux on an older computer and breathe new life into it. Linux is extremely stable and light-weight, in fact, most servers are running some version of Linux. You can also boot Linux from a “Live CD” or USB flash drive and give it a try without installing it on your computer. Here are 3 sites I had used to download and explore new distributions.
This is a simple site and one of the first I ever used when exploring Linux several years ago. You can easily sort to find Desktop, Firewall or Security operating systems, as well as file size. The smallest distribution, “Tiny Core” has a minimum size of 8Mb and a max size of 64Mb. Live CD List
DistroWatch is more complex and has many more distributions of Linux. It also has several useful resources like a package management cheat sheet. There is also a page listing the Top 10 Linux distributions.
Ubuntu is one of, if not the single most popular desktop version of Linux. On their website, you will find several download versions of both server and desktop, as well as several options for trying ubuntu.
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