Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid through WUbi
I finally have both Windows and Linux running on the same box. And it couldn’t be more flexible than this : through WUbi – the Windows Ubuntu installer. It “allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way.”
But this is different from VirtualBox. You have a REAL operating system loading everytime you go to Ubuntu through your boot menu. There’s nothing “virtual” about it. It uses the full system resources entirely. And if you want to boot into Windows, you’ll have to restart your machine.
I think there are 2 major benefits of Wubi :
1. You get to install a REAL operating system without having to worry about freeing windows partitions, allocating swap space etc. In fact, once you start the installation process, you don’t need to do anything. The installer takes care of itself. And, if you don’t like it much and don’t need it anymore, just uninstall it from Windows Add/Remove Programs.
2. You can install it anywhere you want. I’ve installed it right into my C: drive. You don’t need to create separate partitions for this installation.
On the downside,
i. The Hibernate feature is not available in the Wubi installation.
ii. You’ve to protect the Wubi installation from Hard Reboot (power off or improper shutdown). Not a problem for me ‘coz I have a lappy and pretty much keep enough battery backup everytime.
However, you need a working (and reasonably fast) internet connection if you want to make real use of it. There’s no doubt that Ubuntu is the coolest distro of Linux currently available. You can choose to download and install among thousands of packages available in the repository.
I go to Windows now only to play games. (though some would suggest why not try it in Ubuntu itself). There’s hardly anything that works on Windows and doesn’t work on Ubuntu. I’ve found just one till now : recording sounds. That too can be made to work using some tweaks. Its worth the miss for me…
And the Ubuntu forums just rock. There’s nothing that you can’t get help on. Any kind of functionality, any kind of package installation related info, bugs, tweaks, … its all there.
I recommend Wubi to anyone who is interested in Linux but hesitates to install it because of the hassles involved in maintaining it alongside a Windows installation.
After all, you’ve got to experience the true meaning of the word “FREE” : both “free as in beer” and “free as in freedom”. 🙂