Friday, May 11, 2007

Wuby : Install ubuntu in windows without touching your partitions


when I recommend Ubuntu to my friends, they immediately ask me :
-do I have to modify my partitions ?
-I like Linux but I just don't like this partitioning stuff...
-Can I have dual boot for Windows and Linux without messing my bootloader ?

and I used to recommend them to use Live CD , which is a good recommendation but just for one time testing, and for those who want permanent Ubuntu but still not ready to modify partitions I have a better solution :

Wubi , installs Ubuntu as it is one of Windows' programs , and it doesn't need you make new partition , and it is very easy to Un-Install (simple like any other windows program)
and another thing to mention, it won't change your boot loader so you wont face Boot Menu Problems .

reading their web site , I made my own F.A.Q for Wubi :

Would Wubi function just like ubuntu ? yes you will have 100% Reall Ubuntu (not using virtual machine or stuff ), but for accessing files on hard disk it wont be not as fast as normal installation of Ubuntu , because you are gonna use a windows partition format (NTFS or FAT32 ) instead of a native partition format for Linux ! EX2 or Ext3)

So .. How Much Space Do I need ? I would say you would need at lest 3 GB free space on your windows partition .

How big is Wubi to download ?
Wubi itself is 9 MB , but after you run it, it will download Ubuntu's iso (about 600MB)

I have already downloaded Ubuntu , do I have to download it again ?

if you have already downloaded the Ubuntu's Alternate ISO, you can put it in the folder of Wubi and you will skip the downloading section (good for computers without internet)
but mind that it must be Alternate Version of the CD (not Live CD)
After installation where to run ubuntu ?
just restart your PC and choose ubuntu in the menu !

How I can uninstall the ubuntu ? this is the intresting part ! You can uninstall it like any other applications. In windows .
you go to the control panel and select "Add or Remove Programs", then select Wubi and uninstall it.

I myself am gonna use Wubi to install other kinds of Ubuntu (you know there are Kubuntu and Xubuntu which I wanna give them a try too and un-install after trying them but , but for you I recommend Ubuntu not other ones )


so if you wanna try Ubuntu go ahead and download Wubi and test it easily and safely !
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