|Linux Migration, Step 1: Why Migrate to Linux?|
|Use LiveCD Linux Distributions|
|How To Use Your Linux LiveCD|
Second: Use LiveCD Linux Distributions
In this stage, you will know more about the main Linux distributions by visiting their respective sites. But you haven't yet used any of then. So, now you need to download the LiveCD of these main Linux distributions to try them out. Most Linux distributions include a LiveCD system ready to use in the installation CD. A LiveCD is a CD that runs a complete Linux distribution only in your computer's RAM, not from the hard drive. This is the safest way to test Linux distributions without actually installing Linux or corrupting your current operation system and files. You can find LiveCDs (or installation CDs with LiveCDs built-in) in these links:
- Ubuntu LiveCD (in Ubuntu, the LiveCD is built into the installation CD)
- openSUSE LiveCD (you can choose your computer architecture when you download your LiveCD)
- Mint LiveCD (in Linux Mint, the LiveCD is built into the installation CD)
- Fedora LiveCD (the first link is the Fedora LiveCD)
- Debian LiveCD (choose your architecture to download the appropriate LiveCD)
- Mandriva LiveCD (in Mandriva, the LiveCD is built into the installation CD)
In these links you will download an ISO image file to your computer, which you can use to create a CD. Don't worry if you don't know how to burn an ISO image to a disk. It's easy!
Put an adequate blank CD or DVD (if you download an ISO CD image you need to put a blank CD, otherwise, put in a blank DVD) in your optical drive.
- Open your favorite CD/DVD burning program.
- Find in the CD/DVD program menu an command like "Burn a CD/DVD image" (if there is more than one related item, such as "Burn a CD image" and "burn a DVD image", choose the appropriate one).
- Burn your ISO image into the disk.
In the end, you will have a bootable Linux LiveCD disk. Now you only need configure your computer BIOS to boot from your CD/DVD, if it isn't doing so already.
- Put the bootable Linux LiveCD disk in your optical drive (and pay attention to the screen).
- In the boot of your Linux LiveCD, some itens will appear in your screen. Choose the one that represents the LiveCD.
- Your Linux LiveCD will start.