Highlights of the live Linux landscape


Article from Issue 63/2006

Many fine live Linux distributions are waiting for you right now on the Internet. The right choice depends on what you need.

A Linux live distribution is a complete operating system that starts and works exclusively from a CD or DVD. You can boot the live Linux system from any PC as long as the system supports the hardware. Because a live system runs from the CD or DVD drive, live distros don’t alter the contents of the hard disk. Windows users who are thinking of switching to Linux can use a live distro to try Linux without disturbing their configuration. You can also use a live distro to test whether a particular computer supports Linux or to recover a damaged system.

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