Did I say this is going to be easy? Good.
There’s lots of different kinds of linux. One great favorite is called Ubuntu. There’s another one called Linux Mint, which is basically Ubuntu + easier. So, if you’re interested in trying some linux, I’d recommend trying out Linux Mint first. But remember that it’s made from Ubuntu (it’s just got more added easiness).
To try it out, here are the things you’ll need to do:
– Download Linux Mint. From http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=52 you can download it from a torrent or select an appropriate download mirror.
– Now, burn the .iso file that was downloaded to a cd. If you don’t have a program that’ll burn an image file like that to a cd, try the free version of Burn Aware because it’s good.
Now you’re ready to try it. Keep the computer on an pop in the cd like any other cd and it should run automatically. Choose the option to install inside Windows. This should bring up an easy dialog window where you just fill out some info. If you’re wondering what to put for the installation size, I’d recommend something like 8 or 10 GB. Click “Install” and it will do its thing. When you restart your computer, you will be able to boot into Linux Mint and get it set up by answering some more easy questions like your time zone.
The easiest part is, when you want to uninstall it, just boot into Windows and uninstall it like any other program from the control panel.