The Live medium (CD, DVD or USB stick) is a fully functional gNewSense
system; it will allow you to try out the system features before you
install it. This is important not only to see if you like the system
itself, but to make sure that your computer hardware works well with
Note that using the system as a Live session is slower than using an
installed system. Your experience may vary depending on your computer
If your computer detects the Live medium correctly, you will be
presented with the Installer boot menu. If you don't see this and your
computer loads the current operating system as usual (if any), please
read the Common Problems with Live
Select the Live option using the arrow keys and press Enter.
Wait for the system to load.
When the loading process is completed you will see the desktop and you
can start to explore the system. Take a look around. Check whether all
your hardware is working (USB devices, wireless network card, printer,
etc.). You can use the Live system to surf the Internet, to connect to
other machines on your home network, to try out the default applications
such as !OpenOffice.org (office suit), Totem (media player) or the GIMP
(image manipulation software).
Note: You can access your hard disk for reading while you're in the
Live system. You can find it in Places ▸ Computer.
When you're done, you can stop using the Live system or install
to your hard disk. To do the former, go to System ▸ Shut Down... and
select Shut Down in the dialog. After a few seconds, you will be
asked to remove the CD/DVD and press Enter.