How to test drive a Linux distro

Many Linux distros provide an option so you can test drive the OS on your PC. This provides the benefit of verifying compatibility with your PC hardware as well as verifying it meets your expectations. If you choose, you can install the OS after your test drive.

Before you can give a Linux distro a test drive on your hardware, you will need to make a bootable "live" USB.

The following articles have detailed steps on how to create a bootable USB. The following steps will create an Ubuntu USB which is a great OS selection. If you choose, you can use these same steps with another other Linux ISO.

How to create a bootable USB

If you have a Windows PC:

If you have a Mac:

Alternatively, here is a video explainer:

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