Andrea Corbellini corbellini.andrea at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 12:54:25 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:13 AM Alan Pope <alan.pope at canonical.com> wrote:

> Hey,
> Is wubi still a supported way of installing? If so, who maintains it?

I was almost sure that Wubi was no longer supported since Raring.
Precisely, since the end of this thread on ubuntu-devel:

to drop Wubi from 13.04 release")

However, looking at {old-,}releases.ubuntu.com, it seems that *every*
release of Ubuntu ships with Wubi, including Raring itself.

Even https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide says that "Wubi is an officially
supported installer". Although that page asks you to download from
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/wubi/ -- which is not up to date (it contains
just the Raring installer).

According to this old post on AskUbuntu from Dimitri John Ledkov:


"Primary function is to be a "cd autolauncher" for people who pop the cd
into a Windows machine"
"If one copies the wubi.exe off the cd, it will launch and offer Wubi based
"Officially it is still supported"

Seems we have some bugs [1] including one fairly serious one [2] which
> causes the wrong version of Ubuntu to get installed.
> I was told wubi (installer) was to be replaced by a simpler wubi which
> is just a menu. This doesn't seem to have happened. If we don't plan
> on fixing these (new user) facing issues, is it time to retire wubi
> from the images?

I'm neither an Ubuntu Developer nor a Wubi user, however I'd say that it
doesn't make sense to ship Wubi if nobody looks at serious bugs and if
modern versions of Windows are not supported.

Also, looking at both AskUbuntu and Launchpad, I am under the impression
that very few people are aware of the existence of Wubi nowadays (and I
guess that this is because you have to copy wubi.exe off the CD to get it
working). I bet that very few people would notice if Wubi (the installer)

Have a nice day,
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