I would like to use Linux at home but do not want it to mess up anything on my home PC (Windows 7).
Ideally, I would like to run it from a USB drive, as independent from the PC as possible.
This is totally new territory for me, so I have several questions.
First, is this possible?
If so, what distro of Linux is recommended?
How do you tell the computer to boot from the USB when starting up?
I don't expect to run many applications.
Mostly a word processor (e.g. - Libre Office), a web browser, FTP client for updating my websites, plain text editor, and perhaps a C++ compiler/IDE.
Could these Linux applications also be run from the USB drive?
Any suggestions for what size USB is required for doing all this?
I need a step-by-step "Installing and Running Linux for Dummies" tutorial. Any suggestions?