Hello again 😉
Think of Tom and his light-yellow voice and over-excited way to express himself what you want, we gotta admire him for his relentless attempts to get every last one of you Microsoft sheeples onto a GNU/Linux operating system. Today, for the umpteenth time he discusses 5 ways to try out Linux on your computer without leaving any trace and without harming your running Wndows system.
Let’s watch the video first and discuss the different methods later, ok?
Pheeew, that was quite a lot of input, wasn’t it? So let’s quickly rehash:
- USB thumbdrive: That’s like installing Linux on your machine but just stop short and stick to the live environment. Everything will work, although slowly and with not option to save any of your work.
- Virtual Box: It’s Triumphal Bosslady Trap’s favourite method, so just talk to her about the positive aspects of this geeky method.
- Secondary machine: Usable hardware is cheap nowadays, and also a good way to always have a functional machine around for when your main production machine fux up. Your editrix uses this method since many years when she tests Linux distros. It’s the easiest, most comfy and undangerous way to play with the most crazy Linuxes.
- Secondary HDD/SSD: Needs some mild hardware tinkering.
- Dual Booting: Not completely as bad and dangerous as Tom makes it out to be. Just make sure you have a fresh backup before installing Linux alongside Windows.
Of course is Trap’s method the most profound and intelligent whe you really can’t afford a secondary coputer. But it needs some doing, particuarly for beginners. You’ll notice if and when you read Trap’s blogpost.
Orca recommends 1 and 3. Running from the live environment for quickly checking if you like the desktop and if everything works kinda as expected, and 3 because it’s just the mostest awesomest way to check out your new Linux system.
A virtual machine needs some preparations, and Dual Booting I’d only recommend for users who already know they will definately switch to Linux. So when your test setting breaks down, which it inescapably will, you can just happily wipe your whole disk and install Linux again and forever! 🙂
Any questions? Don’t ask me, ask SL resident Trapez Breen. 🙂