There are many ways to get started with Linux, including a few ways to try Linux without actually installing it. While installing Linux may seem like the logical place to start, new users may prefer a test drive where they can try basic usage before learning how to do installations. We love introducing Linux to people, and we’re happy to help users get started with whichever method you’d like to try. We occasionally host ‘InstallFests’ where people bring in equipment and we help them install and get started.
Here are some helpful links that cover ways to get started including traditional installation, Live USBs, Virtual Machines, and more.
How to get started with Linux: A beginner’s guide
10 ways to get started with Linux
How to Install the Linux Subsystem for Windows 10 (and Run Linux in Windows)
Download Linux VMs ready to use:
Although VirtualBox and VMware are both popular and both offer free options, NLUG has a close relationship with the Nashville VMware User Group and recommends VMware.
VirtualBoxes – Free VirtualBox Images