Running Ubuntu directly from either a USB stick or a DVD is a quick and easy way to experience how Ubuntu works for you, and how it works with your hardware. Most importantly, it doesn’t alter your computer’s configuration in any way, and a simple restart without the USB stick or DVD is all that’s needed to restore your machine to its previous state.
With a live Ubuntu, you can do almost anything you can from an installed Ubuntu:
- Safely browse the internet without storing any history or cookie data
- Access files and edit files stored on your computer or USB stick
- Create new office suite documents and save them remotely
- Fix broken configurations to get a computer running again
All you need is either a USB stick or DVD with Ubuntu pre-installed. For instructions on how to create these, take a look at one of the following tutorials: