Windows is no longer the default operating system of choice for computer users. Macs have become more popular than ever, and in the PC arena, increasing number of people are discovering the power and flexibility of Linux. But getting Linux up and running can be a little daunting. Setting up a dual boot system can be too complex for beginners, and newcomers may be unwilling to completely ditch Windows and install Linux as their only operating system.

This is where a live version of Linux can prove useful. It enables you to run a copy of the operating system from a USB drive, meaning that there is no need to install it and that it can be moved from one computer to another with ease. Affectionately referred to as LiLi, LinuxLive USB Creator is so easy to use that it is suitable for use by Linux novice and experts alike, and offers a great alternative to CD/DVD based live Linux distros.

There is a lengthy list of supported Linux distributions, so no matter what you are looking for in your portable operating system, you should be able to use this handy tool to help get up and running – the only real requirement is that you choose a live distro that support persistence so you changes will be retained. Whether you want to be able to run Linux alongside your existing operating system without the need to think about partitioning, or just want to be able to take your operating system with you from machine to machine, this is the tool for you.

Using the program could hardly be easier. After downloading and installing, you need to simply point the tool at your USB and then select an existing Linux ISO file or live CD. If you are yet to obtain a copy of Linux, you can also download one from with the program. If you’re using a USB drive that already contains files, the setup tool can be used to format it, and then the live drive will be created for you. Fire up your computer with the USB drive inserted and you’re ready to get to work with your chosen version of Linux.

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One of the easiest ways to get Linux up and running without the need to commit yourself to a complete installation.