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Ubuntu Linux - Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! The installation CD actually doubles as a live CD, or a "LiveDistro". What this means is that you can actually boot the entire operating system off the disc without actually copying any files to your hard drive. This allows you to try the operating system out without actually installing it. Talk about a convenient way to try out an operating system.
If after a few tries you decide you like what you see, you can install Ubuntu Linux onto your computer by double clicking on the "Install" icon on the desktop. You can then choose to either use your entire hard drive and completely replace Windows, or partition some free space for Linux to be installed along side Windows for a "Dual-boot" PC. Under this configuration, you'll be given the option of which OS you want to boot every time you turn the computer on.
There are a few different ways you can obtain a Live CD. The first and most popular way is to download an .iso image file that you can burn onto a CD (or in some cases, DVD) that can then be loaded into the tray of any PC and booted from if desired. You can download these image files right from Ubuntu's web site, at www.ubuntu.com.
Another way is to contact ubuntu.com and order your own CD. This can be done by following this link. But if you're looking for a free copy with no hassle, read on in the following section. Because David has an exclusive offer for you!
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