Thursday, June 3, 2010

How to try out a new Linux distribution

Did you ever wonder how your favourite new Linux distribution looks like? Now how can you try it without installing it and ruining your current OS? All current Linux distributions allow you to boot it without installing it so that you can see how it looks and feels. I'm going to show you how you can try the new Kubuntu 10.04 LTS.

First, you have to download the ISO image from here:

Once downloaded you are going to use UNetbootin, which allows you to create a bootable Live USB drive (type "sudo apt-get install unetbootin" if it's not installed). Then type unetbootin to start UNetbootin.

Select the diskimage you just downloaded, here it's kubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso. Then make sure you select the correct USB drive. Choose the type "USB Drive" and the appropriate drive. After clicking on OK it will copy the files onto the USB drive.

Once the copying is done leave the USB drive plugged in and reboot. At the BIOS you might have to select to boot from the USB drive.

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