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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...
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Linux and Ubuntu
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Linux and Ubuntu
What is the relationship between Linux and Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is an operating system that includes a lot of free and open source applications and uses Linux as its core. Linux is like this amazing solar-powered engine that can be used in a street car, in a F1 or it can be daisy chained to drive a truck or an airplane. Ubuntu is like a car using the Linux engine, a zero emission, fully accessorised and easy to drive all-terrain, with power, acceleration and looks matching far more expensive supercars... Imagine something like that... ...for free.
We think that today Ubuntu it is the best Linux-based operating system for desktop use. We also like its philosophy.You can see some Ubuntu screenshots here, for more information visit the Ubuntu website.
Is Wubi officially supported by Ubuntu?
Not at the moment, Wubi is an independent project, but there are plans to make Wubi an official installer for Ubuntu 7.10.
What flavor of Ubuntu will I get?
Most flavors, including Ubuntu (default, with GNOME), Kubuntu (with KDE), Xubuntu (with XFCE for older computers), Edubuntu (good for schools and younger users) and UbuntuStudio (for multimedia workstations). Contact us if you would like your own flavor to be available for installation via Wubi.
What is the difference among the different Ubuntu flavors?
Mostly the graphical user interface is different, and the bundled applications may change so that they better integrate with the installed interface. More information can be found at the homepages for GNOME, KDE, and XFCE.
Can I install multiple flavors?
You can select the desktop environment within Wubi. But since each desktop environment is also available as an application package, it is recommended to install Ubuntu (default option) and from there install the other desktop environments. When you login you can choose the desktop environment to use.
What applications come with Ubuntu?
Ubuntu comes fully loaded with most commonly used applications, including a full office suite compatible with MS office, image editing software, picture management software, media player, games, browser, email client, IM and video conferencing software... On top of all of this, you can easily install additional software, from a list of over 20,000 applications.
All this is installed by Wubi?
Yes (well... not all of the 20,000 applications, but Ubuntu and everything that comes with it, yes).
All for free?
Yes. Wubi is free/open-source software, licensed under the GNU GPL
How does Wubi work?
Wubi adds an entry to the Windows boot menu which allows you to run Linux. Ubuntu is installed within a file in the windows file system (c:\wubi\disks\system.virtual.disk), this file is seen by Linux as a real hard disk.
Is this running Ubuntu within a virtual environment or something similar?
No. This is a real installation, the only difference is that Ubuntu is installed within a file as opposed to being installed within its own partition. Thus we spare you the trouble to create a free partition for Ubuntu. And we spare you the trouble to have to burn a CD-Rom.
What are the system requirements?
256 MB RAM and an 1 GHz or faster Intel/AMD processor is recommended for optimal performance, though Xubuntu might work on less. As for disk space, the installation requires a minimum of 4GB. This space is mostly used by the virtual hard disk file. Most computers purchased within the last 3 years should be able to run Ubuntu fine, and Xubuntu is suitable for older computers.
What platforms are supported?
Wubi will run on on all Windows versions from Windows 98 to Windows Vista, more platforms to come soon. 64-bit builds are possible but not yet available. Linux/*nix/*BSD are supported through Lubi (download), and Mac OSX will eventually be supported through Mubi (developers still needed).
What is the performance?
The performance is identical to a standard installation, except for hard-disk access which is slightly slower. If your hard disk is very fragmented the performance will degenerate.
Hibernation/suspend is not supported under Wubi, moreover Wubi filesystem is more vulnerable to hardreboots (unplugging the power) than a normal filesystem, so try to avoid them.
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How do I install Ubuntu?
Run wubi, answer the few questions, reboot and select "Ubuntu" from the boot menu, go grab a coffee and when you are back Ubuntu will be ready for you.
How do I run Ubuntu?
You have to reboot and choose "Ubuntu".
How do I run Windows?
You have to reboot and choose "Windows".
How do I uninstall it?
You uninstall it as any other applications. In windows go to the control panel and select "Add or Remove Programs", then select Wubi and uninstall it. You can also use the uninstaller that you find in C:\wubi\uninstaller.exe.
Can I use my free hard disk space and install Ubuntu there?
Not at the moment, but the feature is in the pipeline
Can I move my virtual disk file to a dedicated partition?
See the LVPM project below
What warranty do I get?
None whatsoever. This is free software, and you are free to modify it, use it and redistribute it as you see fit, provided you also allow others the same freedom. Since we do not make any money out of it, it would not be fair for us to be liable if something goes wrong. We think that the technology is safe, but you run it at your own risk. See the GNU GPL license for more details.
Is there any spyware/virus?
The software is free/open-source, which means that anybody can check the code, therefore it would be pretty difficult for someone to hide a spyware/virus within the software, but you should always run all your usual security checks. As explained above, there is no warranty.
Is Wubi beta software?
At the moment, yes.
How can I help you guys?
You can help us by filing/fixing bugs, writing code, or translating the project... ...or simply spreading the word.
Show me the code
The main development happens in 4 separate launchpad projects:
* Lupin, the loop-installer, handles everything that happens after you reboot
* Wubi, the Windows front-end, handles everything that happens before you reboot
* Lubi, the Linux front-end, does basically the same thing as Wubi
* lvpm, Loopmounted Virtual Partition Manager, handles the migration of virtual disks to real partitions
Experimental code can be downloaded from the minefield
Current code can be downloaded from the download area
Archived versions can be found at the archives
All the code is licensed under GPL-v2 license
On the shoulders of giants
Wubi is what it is because it relies on other open source projects: GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, Debian-Installer, Migration-Assistant, Grub4Dos, NTFS-3G, NSIS, Metalink
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