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Wubi - the easiest way to Linux?

review from alt.comp.freeware, Apr 2007, permalink Operating System


From Clif:

I often scout out the alt.comp.freeware newsgroup and I sometimes see things there I'd never heard of. I've tried Ubuntu linux live CD before, but this installer called Wubi sounds much better. Here's a portion of the thread at alt.comp.freeware.



A bit of a warning though:

Base executible size is about 9mb, but the install program is going to load a whole CD ISO before completion.


that's 600+ mb, so broadband only, and make sure its running smooth.

Bear Bottoms:

It is a nice approach over Live CD's. I installed it a few days ago and it is working well. I like it so far over Ubuntu's live CD as I can do more things, go back to Windows, and come back to Ubuntu and everything is still there. I'm still working with it, so I haven't come to a final conclusion about it though.


I was using Ubuntu's Live CD the other day, and the power went off. I lost everything I had been doing before I had a chance to try it, and would have had to start all over. That was a bit frustrating.



Bear Bottoms

Freeware website: http://bearbottoms1.com


If you are not sold on Windows Vista, you need to begin scoping out alternatives. Presently this pretty much means linux for those who do not wish to switch to Apple propriety systems. It also seems that Ubuntu offers the easiest route for those who are not comfortable with the command line.


Quote from the website

Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a few clicks. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you.

Requirements: 3Gb of HD space, Windows XP