You've probably heard of the Raspberry Pi. It's a fully-fledged computer, the size of a deck of cards, that costs $35 and runs Linux. It was originally hoped that a few thousand people would be interested in buying one, yet a few months ago the figure hit an astonishing 10 million. The latest model really is powerful enough to use for almost all your non-gaming requirements, including web browsing and word processing. Just add a keyboard, screen and mouse and you're ready to go.
Back in December, the people behind Raspberry Pi made available a version of their Linux distribution that runs on standard PCs. So if you want the simplicity and speed of an OS that's designed for a tiny computer, perhaps to use for someone who's overwhelmed by the complexity of Windows, now you have it.
The OS is called PIXEL, and it's a free download from https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pixel-pc-mac. The download runs to 1.3 GB, though, so make sure you have enough time and bandwidth to get it. PIXEL is free. You'll need to burn it to a USB stick or DVD disc, and then boot your PC from it.
You can't install it permanently on your hard drive - you have to boot from the USB each time. So it's quite safe to try out on your main PC. And because it only saves files to its own drive, you'll need to use a USB stick rather than a DVD disc if you want to save anything, otherwise your work will be lost when you shut down the machine.
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