Sure is. KNOPPIX is a CD-ROM bootable, fully operational workstation
linux that boots and runs from the CD-ROM. Kinda slow on older or low
mem computers but there is a LOT of stuff in there for you to
experiment with without having to invest in installation until you are
sure you want to.|
Generally, the older the computer, the older version of KNOPPIX you need. 3.2 works great on PII's with 64MB RAM. 3.9 requires 128MB RAM and fast processors. They include OpenOffice, (word, excel, powerpoint-like programs) and a good collection of things to use and experiment with without formatting your hard drives. There is even ways to boot and kee data on the hard drive that don't go away when you turn off (everything, by default, goes away when you reboot.)
This will let you run it with no server or anything and you can learn a lot from it.
It can also be installed into a directory on the *existing* windows filesystem, meaning you can boot either if you want to. (not on NTFS partitions, though. . . well, maybe by now they have NTFS writeable).
Kemp, Levi wrote: