running linux at home

Running linux at home is your option, a useful idea though not required.
 - install it to hard drive (get it from e.g.
 - install VMWare and run it under that. Free, works great. . There are a variety of other free virtualizers you could consider (virtual PC from Microsoft, virtualbox from Oracle, parallels on Macs, libvirt virtualization library supporting qemu and kvm on linux).
 - boot from a "live CD" - here's a list of various self-contained bootable linux CDs. They typically convert memory into a RAM-disk, populate it with foundation files for the operating system, and proceed to boot linux. They do not molest your hard disk. But they are not storage-persistent. The best known is probably knoppix. FYI. There are live CD versions of Fedora 24, Fedora 25 (download an iso file for burning from the i386 directory or the x86_64 directory for 32- or 64-bit systems respectively).
 - boot Fedora from a USB drive.