Before I start I just want to thank thatgrrl who also writes here at LG here. In one of her comments she asked if I had ever heard of Wubi? Nope, but I went to take a look to see what it is.
Wubi is in Beta [testing] and is a software program which claims that you can install Ubuntu from with Windows without having to partition nor setup a bootloader. Interesting. If you have ever read some of the Linux forums in the past, then you are aware that some poor sould have actually lost the ability to boot Windows after installing a linux distribution. Though this can be corrected with the help of a Linux professional that is normally available in most forums, the procedure for some is complicated.
So what is Wubi?
Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. 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.
Wubi is Safe
It does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader.
Wubi is Simple
Just run the installer, no need to burn a CD.
Wubi is Discrete
Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and If you do not like, you can simply uninstall it.
Wubi is Free
Wubi (like Ubuntu) is free as in beer and as in freedom. You will get this part later on, the important thing now is that it cost absolutely nothing, it is our gift to you…
System requirements are light only requiring 256MB of RAM and a 1G cpu or higher. Also note that there is no warranty made for the software. This is Beta software and is still in the testing stages. If I am reading this correctly, it seems like Wubi sets up Ubuntu as a virtual drive, which could make using Ubuntu somewhat slower than installing it directly to the hard disk. They also mention it is important to defrag. your drive as well.
If anyone decides to try this software, let us know what your experience is.
Comments as always are welcome.
Wubi can be found here.
[tags]wubi, ubunut, windows, free, boot, [/tags]