You’ve heard people rave about Linux. Maybe you’ve heard some horror stories, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see for yourself, on your current PC, without touching your existing Windows installation? If you like what you see, then switch. Don’t like it? No harm, no foul. That’s the idea of this book and CD-ROM package. Test Driving Linux comes with a CD-ROM that’ll boot your computer into Linux without any muss, fuss, complicated installations, or risk.
Once you’ve placed the CD in your drive and restarted, David Brickner efficiently walks you through all the tools you’re likely to need: web browsing and email, MP3 burning and CD ripping, word processing and spreadsheets, image editing, even personal finance. With the KDE graphical interface, you might occasionally forget you’re not running Windows. But the absence of viruses, spyware, and expense will remind you. Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only