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3. Linspire (formerly LindowsOS)

(a commercial distro based on Debian - includes a firewall enabled by default) skip

WARNING: In LindowsOS/Linspire, going online in your default account is unsecure. See step 4 for instructions on how to create a (limited) user account in Linspire. skip

ATTENTION: Before installing GNU/Linux on a hard drive that has your data on it, make sure you back up your data first! And check your computer's hardware for compatibility. skip

If you need information about your hardware before installing GNU/Linux for the first time on a Windows PC, run Belarc Advisor (free) or Sandra Lite (free) and print out the results.


Want to check out Linspire without installing it on your hard drive? Get LinspireLive.

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PLEASE NOTE: You can't install LinspireLive on your hard drive. It doesn't have an installer. However, if you know what you're doing, you can install software programs and save files on your hard drive. Aside from that, it's a fully functional operating system.

(Keep in mind that you can't install LinspireLive on your hard drive.)


Want to install Linspire on your hard drive?

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If you have a broadband connection, you can download Linspire for free if you know the current coupon code. Linspire makes one available once in a while, but you can only find it on certain web sites. Do a search for ''linspire coupon code'' to find it.

To get it for free, enter the current coupon code, if there is one, and click Apply Coupon.

Note: The coupon is sometimes only valid with the single CD, not with the bundles.


4. Mandriva Linux

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I had Lycoris Desktop/LX listed here, but it's now owned by Mandriva, who have merged Desktop/LX, Mandrake Linux and Conectiva Linux into Mandriva Linux One (formerly Discovery), PowerPack and Free. skip

ATTENTION: Before installing GNU/Linux on a hard drive that has your data on it, make sure you back up your data first! And check your computer's hardware for compatibility.

If you need information about your hardware before installing GNU/Linux for the first time on a Windows PC, run Belarc Advisor (free) or Sandra Lite (free) and print out the results.

(retail version includes a brief 30-page installation guide - not sure if evaluation copy does also)


Other GNU/Linux distributions can be downloaded or ordered at the following sites. One site may have cheaper CDs of some distros and the other site of others. To compare prices, check the left column at DistroWatch.com. skip


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