I am pretty much a Windows guy from the get-go. I bought SUSE Novell Linux however, I had trouble installing from the start and never quite figured out the issue as it seems overtly technical compared to Windows, I feel it isn't layman friendly. I did come across the USB PC on a Stick, a rather new device using DSL I think, on a USB memory card that holds a simple OS that can make moving data and apps back and forth easy. The price was around $70 to $80 and I think someone offered a link to Damn Small Linux as an option I was asking about earlier... It's been a while since I have been to this forum, but for a laptop lacking a HDD or to test a used PC, for example, this sounds pretty interesting, but I've been told there's no real way to boot from this method.
It's probably true that the USB will not work for a booting device, but wasn't DSL on a floppy one way?