Will you be taking the plunge and installing Linux during the current holidays?
I do believe that all desktops can create a Linux bootable thumbdrive (less than 2 Gb) that can run entirely in memory.
Booting from the thumbdrive takes about a minute!
The boot process automatically detects Internet connection, dual monitors and other hardware.
Installing dual Operating Systems is probably the best option if only a single desktop is available.
A complete installation is quite quick and takes about 15 minutes. Once installed booting is very fast - even on slow desktop computers and can be fully loaded in a matter of seconds.
Updates are on demand and most take less than a minute.
There are now numerous Linux Operating Systems available and perhaps the best option is to download either Ubuntu or Linux Mint… unless other users can suggest better options?
There are numerous Linux SitePoint users that no doubt will answer any doubts or problems that may arise… go for it