Short sample of what Linux Mint 13 looks like after installation and customization. Essentially, you can make it run a lot like Windows with little knowledge of Linux. So after only a few days' acquaintance with Linux, here's my first onscreen video made using Linux Mint 13. It's the only stable and relatively-easy-to-use 'distro' I've yet found. I put it on a pen drive, because Linux can really screw up your machine during an update, because the updates are so automated and arcane. They also take HOURS, not minutes.
Still, this video shows that if you want to try Linux, you'd best start with Linux Mint 13. 13, not 14. Use the steps outlined in the video description for my 'Linux in Space' (youtube.com/watch?v=pUR5hu2O_6s ), to get a good result. Fedora steps are also outlined there, but putting Fedora on a stick takes far longer, several hours. You can get Mint 13 on a stick in about 90 minutes (takes an hour to download the iso). Using those steps, all the capacity of your stick will be recognized.
Linux is tempermental. It might work well on one machine, but not another. Ubuntu is the worst, bugging out on every machine I tried, after a short initial success. Its servers are also the slowest, and likewise buggy. It's also the least customizable, least user-friendly, and most aggressive. After two weeks of trying to get it to work, I gave up. Debian and the others won't even run properly. I will be trying Zorin 6 Ultimate, which I paid for and downloaded; but not now.
You must always have TWO dissimilar distros, in order to manipulate partitions. Can't manipulate the partition of one distro on itself, or on a copy of itself, or on an iteration of itself (i.e., can't manipulate partitions on Mint 13, via Mint 14).
File Name: LinuxIntro.avi, 2/19/13.