5 Ways to Try Linux

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Virtual Box: It’s Triumphal Bosslady Trap’s favourite method, so just talk to her about the positive aspects of this geeky method.
  3. 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.
  4. Secondary HDD/SSD: Needs some mild hardware tinkering.
  5. 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.
Trap runs elementaryOS in a virtual machine

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 loves to play with lots of Linux computers

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! 🙂

Even in RL all 4 of Orca’s machines are GNU/Linux powered!

Any questions? Don’t ask me, ask SL resident Trapez Breen. 🙂


  1. Sorry, but humble me doesn’t do such boring videos…well, maybe occasionally, but Tom looks boring w/ an even ‘boreringer’ topic. 😉 “Year of the Linux Desktop” has been yearly predicted since around 1998. Linux has been around for about 29 years w/ a Worldwide desktop user base that stays stuck @ around 2%+- ‘n there are *LOTS* of reasons why that is. One reason is, as your own EOS developers state – Linux is a key-board based (AKA “terminal-centric” OS). BTW, there’s a lot more to a mouse than ‘point ‘n click‘ which is why just the Worldwide Windows 10 user base is now over a billion users. That doesn’t include WIN7, Vista, Win XP, etc. I like Linux, but it can’t compete with WIN10 Pro on new equipment, i.e. Linux works well in old old computers. Personally, I don’t want an old computer…’Antec Sr.’ is a home built 4 yo computer ‘n just too old for steady use, IMHO. Have a good day, my dear Frenemy!

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    • Oh my. Hey Karmi, nice to see you here. Let me clarify sumfink:

      Not everybody’s supposed to like Linux, I love some distros, others not … but all of them I find better than Windows.
      Terminal centric was a verbal slip I guess. Or they wanted to make sure the users would stay unmolested by n00bs. 🙂 Most of the EOS fans don’t even know what the EOS devs wanted to express there.

      EOS features a terminal just like every other distro. I like it since I know some nifty Arch commands and in some tasks am just faster with the terminal than with mouse clickyclacky. But 99.9999% of the time I use the mouse and windows-like stuffs just like any other computer user. That EOS comes with a gazillion desktops is proof of the fact that it’s not a terminal-centric distro. At least not any more terminal centric than Ubuntu. If a operating system is terminal centric is decided by the used dektop environment, not the system base. And since I prefer Mate and Cinnamon you can be sure I’m a 99.9% mouse user. And EOS takes good care of me and my needs.

      The “year of the Linux desktop” will hopefully never come, and wasn’t a topic in Tom’s video neither. We’re happy with Linux’s powering the world’s top 500 fastest computers, countless businesses, and 83% of internet servers.

      My newest computer dates back to 2015 and still is spunky and fast, and serves me right now as my main machine. I’m typing on it at this moment. I totally trust that machine. It’s steady af and gives me nothing but joy (knocks on wood).

      Tom’s video was indeed boring af but then it was most probably not made with old grumps like you and me in mind but totally directed at n00bs. That’s why I relayed the video here. If I had access to such a video during my first days on Linux, it would have helped me quite a lot.

      cya later old man

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  2. I have been running dual boots on my personal workstation for ages (dating back to the Redhat Desktop 9 era) though I can also recommend running Linux as the main OS and run Windows as a KVM 😀

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    • Technically there’s nothing wrong with dual-booting, Ikky. It’s at least theoretically the best way to have two completely different systems running on your cmputer. BUT you know how silly Windows is, and particularly since it’s Win10. Each update will fuk up your Linux dual boot setup. So I’ve heard. More labour and anger than it is worth.

      That’s why nobody’s recommending dual boot anymore. But you’re an old salt, you know what you’re doing, and Linux isn’t like WinApple and won’t dictate their method of using it on you. Linux lets you be a grown up adult and respects you as one, and that the computer is yours!

      Hardware is cheap these days, so I’m all for buying dedicated computers for each distro or computing universe you wanna run.

      For example when I install Fedora 33 later today I’ll do it on my testbed Gaga. And even if I fux it up completely and destrox little innocent Gaga long the way … this computere here, GagaMore, will sgtay utouched and unfazed by all the tohuwabohu and drama and serve as my blogging computer. That must always stay assured, so I can report about all my failures. 🙂

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      • Yes, that’s absolutely correct! That’s why I moved from dual boot to having Fedora running as the exclusive OS on the laptop and have the Windows OS running on a KVM. That way I can get two advantages:
        1) Have a full disk encryption using LVM on LUKS
        2) In case Windows 10 VM starts acting up, either roll back to an old working snapshot or just simply destroy it and get another one in place 😀

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        • If only I knew what LVM and LUKS means I’d surely agree with you. 😉

          Didn’t know you’re dealing with such delicate data and keep your computer open to the public you head to encrypt your disk. Doesn’t that open a whole new bottle of kittens? I heard it slows your machine down, that’s why I’d never use any encryption at all.


          • In this current world of cyber security threats (phishing, DDoS,….) I have been using full-disk encryption for over 9 years now. I don’t personally see a performance issue when you use the native technologies (LVM/LUKS) that you setup at installation time on my machine (probably because I have 16G RAM and a powerful CPU).

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            • “phishing, DDoS”

              AFAIK for avoid phishing are the users themselves responsible, not? I don’t visit sites where people can phish me. And DDos? Never had any problem with that. Right now I don’t even have a firewall up, trusting in my ISP’s firewall. 🙂 As Linux user I fell very confident that no bad stuff can enter my system without my express permission.

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              • And that is the beauty of a Linux OS. But you are putting too much faith (in my opinion) in your ISP’s firewall. Call me security paranoid (Thanks Microsoft for the wake-up call!) but I still prefer to be in control of some defenses of my system 😅

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                • Ikky! Honestly, I don’t know where you go on the interwebz, I never had any virus or malware problems. Prolly coz I’m low hanging fruit and delete stuff rather than klik on anything.

                  Oh, and I’m completely sans Microsoft since Win7 times, and the only way I can catch anything bad in Linux would need my active doing, opening the door for any intruder. I’m stupid but not THAT stupid. 😐


    • As you’ve surely read in my post I was only listing Tom’s 5 methods and mentioned that Trap although recommended to use a VM. I didn’t recommend it with a single word.


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