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Have been interested in trying out linux for a while but have been put off by the long time it would take to download. I have been recently looking through my collection of cover disks and discovered I already have linux mandrake 7.1 on CD!
However I am currently using Windows XP and the installer won't run (It was origianally for windows 95/98). The install program works if I boot from CD but it doesn't give the option for "windows linux".
I wish to run the windows trial version and not completely overwrite my current operating system!
If you want to just have a look at Linux and see what it can do but retain your system in an intact state then get a copy of Knoppix which runs totally off the cd. Bear in mind that its speed is restricted by the cd speed. If you like what you see and really want to try then make the space on your drive and do an install of the Mandrake you have. You cannot run Linux under windows as emulation although I did see, I think a Suse version, a few years ago that did.
If you don't have a broadband connection, you can still get the cds cheaply. I used to use CHGuy. Got whatever I wanted for $5cdn/cd, no tax, noshipping, no postage. He is pretty funny too (and says you get unlimited email support after your first purchase - but I stopped asking lately). Some places will send you cds even cheaper. Its a nice alternative.