I spent a lot of time trying to sort out the best way for a new user to get a look at several distributions and different desktop environments as well and the only thing that made sense was a small collection of live CDs so I went looking for such a collection and couldn’t find one I liked so I got in touch with OSDisk.com and asked if they could put together a special package of Linux CDs and they liked my idea so they did. It’s called the Serious Sampler Pack and it costs less than $20 delivered to anywhere in the world. Let me tell you what’s in it and why.
Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS, respectively, use the Gnome and KDE desktop environments and they are currently the top two most popular Linux distributions. Damn Small Linux is the most popular distribution which uses the Xfce desktop environment. Knoppix wasn’t exactly the first live CD (that honor belongs to Yggdrasil or so I’ve read) but it was the first live CD that really captured people’s imaginations and it’s still very popular. Puppy and Xubuntu are both popular with older or RAM challenged systems. KateOS is specifically designed for older hardware and Slax is a comparatively small but very nice distribution which uses KDE. These are all live CDs and by the time you’ve tried them, with luck, you’ll know if you prefer Gnome, KDE or Xfce. Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS and Xubuntu can all be quite easily installed to your hard drive from the live CD, if you so desire. Damn Small Linux, Knoppix, Puppy and Slax were all designed to be run as live CDs and I don’t recommend installing them to your hard drive unless or until you’ve gotten past the beginners stages in learning Linux.
So, the Serious Sampler Pack gives you installable live CDs of the Current top two Linux distributions and a good look at both the similarities and the differences in a diverse group of mostly popular distributions. Or, if you have a fast connection, a CD-RW drive and some patience, you can download each of these distributions, for free, and burn your own live CDs. DistroWatch lists links to all of the downloads and, for that matter, other CD vendors as well.
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