The advantage of a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu is that it offers the end user multiple ways to test the system without endangering the system — usually Windows. 3 methods have been identified to get an idea for themselves, classified from the simplest to the most complex.
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#1 — Use Live CD
A Live CD is a disc from which Ubuntu will start and run. The main drawback is the slowness caused by the use of the disk drive — not the hard drive in normal time. That said, it is undoubtedly the easiest way to immerse yourself in the Linux world.
Simply insert a CD version of Ubuntu into your disk drive, restart the computer and wait a few minutes. Welcome to Ubuntu!
Need to know how to burn your Live CD? Follow the tutorial Engrave an ISO image with Nero Express.
#2 — Installation as a Windows application via Wubi
Again, there is no major difficulty in the method. Like any other Windows application, you will be able to install Ubuntu by following a quick wizard. The advantage is that you can uninstall Linux at any time via the Add/Delete Programs menu.
Once installed, Windows and Ubuntu will be set to dual-boot, i.e. you will now have the choice between starting a Microsoft or Ubuntu system. Everything is therefore fully automated for our greatest happiness: the world of Linux is just one click away!
#3 — Virtualisation with VirtualBox under Vista
Advanced users this method is for you!
Virtualising an operating system is an increasingly common operation that has many advantages. This makes it very easy to emulate a Linux system with this excellent program that is VirtualBox. An effective way to easily test hazardous handling without taking any risk. Curious about such a principle? Follow the guide with a bonus video!
You now have no excuse for not testing Ubuntu! And if you know a fourth test method, write us through the comments.