Sick of Windows? How to test-drive Linux

In the first part of this new series, Jack Wallen explains why you might want to use Linux and how to test drive a distribution without making changes to your Windows computer.

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Linux is an operating system, similar to the one you use on your Windows and Apple computers. It runs software and allows you to access the various peripherals (printers, speakers, mice, keyboards, SD card readers, etc.) you attach to the system. Without an operating system, your computer would be of no use to you.

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You may or may not have ever heard about Linux and that’s OK; either way, you’re in for a treat. Why? Because many of the headaches you have to deal with, when using Windows, won’t be an issue with Linux. Those surprise…

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