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Using a live CD\USB to try a Linux distribution failed me to test aspects like graphics\wireless drivers. I remember when I tried an Ubuntu live CD it was loaded using a virtual machine so I couldn't test if my graphics drivers will be stable or not.

So is there a way to fully test Linux distributions without having to install them which is a time consuming task and requires formatting the hard-disk with every installation ?

Or at least test the graphics drivers availability ?

  • Booting into a live environment should be sufficient to test the wireless and video cards (assuming that the distro ISO has the required drivers)... – jasonwryan Aug 31 '14 at 8:00
  • @jasonwryan, it doesn't provide the option of installing proprietary drivers. Or may be I should configure my VM software for that purpose ? – Muhammad Gelbana Aug 31 '14 at 8:02
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    Are you booting the live environment into a VM? If so why? – StrongBad Aug 31 '14 at 8:57
  • You can also install to a USB stick and then boot off that if you want to install prop drivers and leave HDD alone. – bsd Aug 31 '14 at 10:32
  • @StrongBad, I don't remember having an option whether to boot into a VM or not. It just said something like Try Ubuntu without installing it. May be I have to use a specific Live-USB tool that actually installs the distro ? – Muhammad Gelbana Aug 31 '14 at 10:46

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