I’ve heard a lot of good things about Linux, so when I needed to install it on an old computer I was keen to look at the various distributions and try them out. The usual method for this is to download an ISO image and burn it onto a CD, but there are so many versions of Linux around that I thought I’d save on CDs and install them on a USB pen drive. With some versions you can do that directly, but others need a third-party program.
That was where things went wrong.
The first version I decided to try was Linux Mint. All went well until I tried to reboot my computer to go back into Windows; all I could get was Linux Mint. I reinstalled Windows; Linux Mint appeared on my monitor. All roads led back to bloody Linux Mint! I can’t even bear to look at a packet of Polo mints now!
In the end I went out and bought some blank CDs, which is what I should have done in the first place. Meanwhile, I’m now running Ubuntu Linux on both machines, and I’m actually beginning to enjoy exploring it. I’m even able to run a few of my Windows programs, using software called Wine.
I hope nobody is put off by my experience. So long as you stick to the CD route it’s completely safe. If only I’d known that before.