Major bookstores are a good place to look. Besides having a large
assortment of up-to-date Linux books for newbies and advanced users alike,
which you can consult extensively right in the store, some will have CDs
with latest distribution right in the back of the book. Red Hat is one
you'll be likely to find. Best Buy and Staples both probably have a small
variety of distributions new in the box, maybe even with manuals included
and a small Linux book section.
There are some freeware distributions you can run right off the CD which
will boot your computer into Linux without even installing it, and you can
even access your windows files. But you cannot necessarily open all of them,
if Linux doesn't recognize them. But most text, picture, and video files,
and even most or many business type files will open without a hitch. CD-run
linux will be somewhat slower than hard drive installations, though.
You said "free." I found Ubuntu Linux online and they sent me both a
"live cd" and an "install cd" free, from Switzerland, and I have been liking
the live cd, and have not installed the other yet (I have suse linux on a
separate drive as an experiment, but it has stopped booting properly due to
an unknown problem with my firewire port, and I haven't devoted the time to
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Moran" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 12:59 AM
> Anyone have a lead on free point of sale software for linux?
> Distro isn't really so important, though preferably one that a total
> newb can be taught to feel comfortable using.
> c h r i s . m o r a n @ g m a i l . c o m
> b u t y o u k n o w t h a t a l r e a d y