Download Central1 min read . Updated: 10 May 2011, 08:28 PM IST
The many variants and distribution systems of Linux, the free and open-source operating system, have long shared one characteristic —they are forbidding and hostile to beginners and non-techies.
But why would you want to try out Linux? Well, it’s a lighter, more reliable and secure operating system. There’s no trouble with viruses, and it can run even on the most ageing computers. Then there’s the price—it’s free—and the support of an extended community of enthusiasts and programmers.
The easiest way to test Ubuntu is to instal it from a USB drive (it’s possible) through Windows—download the operating system at Ubuntu.com, choose “Install from Windows" and you’re good to go.