Linux is on its way to main-stream adoption. 2019 might finally end up being the year of the linux desktop. Microsoft as recently announced that it will include ship the full linux kernel in a update later this year. This is great news for the linux community as it will allow for developers using windows to also develop for linux environments. 

For people who are unsure about linux, they can experience it without having to completely wiping there windows systems. They can enjoy linux by booting it from a USB. In this tutorial we are going to learn hot to boot linux from a USB.

We are going to boot Ubuntu (A popular distribution of Linux) from a USB.

System Requirements

  • 4GB or larger USB Drive.
  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • Rufus, A free software used for making USB drive bootable.
  • An Ubuntu ISO file, Download from here.

Downloading ISO File

  • Download the Ubuntu ISO file from the website

The download size will be around 1.85 GB.

Download Rufus

Making Bootable USB

  • Open Rufus.
  • Select USB drive in which you want to install Ubuntu.
  • Select the ISO from using the Select button (Select the ISO file downloaded earlier).
  • Then click on start. This will erase all data on the USB drive and install files necessary to boot ubuntu into the USB drive.
  • Rufus will ask in what mode to write the image, Select ISO mode, and click OK.

It will take a couple of minutes for the process to complete.

Booting from USB drive

  • Restart your system.
  • Go to BIOS settings by pressing F10 or delete or F1(or any other key depending on system). This key is displayed at the start of the boot process. Press the key before the your operating system boots up
  • Change Boot Order to bring your USB drive to top. You will need to change this back to original when you want to boot back into your original system
  • If your system has a boot menu you can use it to boot from the USB drive without changing the boot order of the system permanently. 

(In the attached image, we can access the boot menu py pressing F9)

By pressing F9, We enter the follow menu. We now select the USB Hard Drive 1.

Congrats You are booted into linux.

Can I use Linux as my main OS?

Linux isn’t reserved for computer geeks who build their own computers and want to tweak their operating system. Linux is for everybody, and already powers a significant amount of devices we interact with daily. Most webhosting platforms run on Linux.

How do I switch between Linux and Windows?

Switching back and forth between operating systems is simple. Just reboot your computer and you’ll see a boot menu. Use the arrow keys and the Enter key to select either Windows or your Linux system.

What is the best Linux operating system?

You must have heard about Ubuntu — no matter what. It is the most popular Linux distribution overall. Not just limited to servers, but also the most popular choice for Linux desktops. It is easy to use, offers a good user experience, and comes pre-installed with essential tools to get a head start.

Is Linux safe for online banking?

A safe, simple way to run Linux is to put it on a CD and boot from it. Malware can’t be installed and passwords can’t be saved (to be stolen later). The operating system remains the same, usage after usage after usage. Also, there is no need to have a dedicated computer for either online banking or Linux.

Do I need virus protection on Linux?

The core reason you don’t need an antivirus on Linux is that very little Linux malware exists in the wild. Malware for Windows is extremely common. Whatever the reason, Linux malware isn’t all over the Internet like Windows malware is. Using an antivirus is completely unnecessary for desktop Linux users.

Does Linux need antivirus software?

Antivirus is not necessary on Linux based operating systems, but a few people still recommend to add an extra layer of protection. Again on the official page of Ubuntu, they claim that you don’t need to use antivirus software on it because viruses are rare, and Linux is inherently more secure.

Is Linux safer than Chrome OS?

Market share penetration is a huge one, though it’s also the fact that “traditional” Linux has a much more sensible security model than Windows and likely Chrome OS as well, with other ways to lock it down and better ways to evaluate its source code for flaws than Windows (Which is proprietary.) or Chrome OS (Which

What are the downsides to a Chromebook?

Although you can edit images and video on Chromebooks, they are not the best option for multimedia applications. Working offline on a Chromebook arguably requires a bit more advance planning than using a traditional laptop. They’re not great for gaming.

Which operating system do hackers use?

Linux is an extremely popular operating system for hackers. There are two main reasons behind this. First off, Linux’s source code is freely available because it is an open source operating system.