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Try Linux with these simple steps

Posted by Ed on March 26, 2016

Have you ever wanted to try Linux? Here is how you can do it, and all you need is a USB memory stick.

1. Download and install the LinuxLive USB Creator.

2. Download the ISO file for a Linux distribution. I recommend Linux Mint, in particular Linux Mint MATE, since the MATE version is lightweight. For more lightweight Linux distributions see here.

3. Open the program LinuxLive USB Creator and follow the steps:
– Step 1: Choose your USB key
– Step 2: Click on ISO / IMG / ZIP and choose the ISO file you’ve downloaded earlier
– Step 3: Choose the persistent mode and set the memory to a maximum of 4 GB. Persistence means you can save changes on your USB stick.
– Step 4: Check the boxes that you want.
– Step 5: Click the lightning icon. This will finally start the installation of the Linux distribution on your USB stick. IMPORTANT: When the program informs you that the USB stick is ready do NOT click the yellow lightning icon again! Just remove the USB stick and close the program.

4. Connect your USB stick to your PC. Restart your PC and enter the BIOS (see your PC manual on how to do this, it depends on the manufacturer). Change the order for the startup in such a way that a boot from the USB stick comes before the boot from the hard disk drive.

This should boot Linux from the USB stick. One of the first things you can do is to check whether you have an internet connection.

This allows you to update the Linux software:
10 things to do after installing Linux

And a few more things you can do (optional):
10 things to do first in Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon

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