[RFC] Proposal to disable Wubi Installs from 12.04 (but maintain the separate .exe)

Kees Cook kees at ubuntu.com
Tue Mar 20 16:27:41 UTC 2012


On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 05:15:02PM +0100, Rick Spencer wrote:
> Separating the wubi.exe experience from the ISOs will give us the following
> important benefits:
>  1. We will be able to do maintenance and enhancements to wubi outside of
> the Ubuntu development cycle.
>  2. Significant reduciton of QA work for an already over-streched QA team.
>  3. Better overall 12.04 quality, and less stress at release time.
>  4. We won't get stuck with a poor (or worse) user experience on the CD
> since is a good chance that wubi will not work properly with Windows 8.
> I am proposing these changes to the plan because:
>  1. The key use case for wubi is being able to download and run the
> installer on Windows, not installing from the ISO.
>  2. Wubi is difficult to test, so has been difficult to assure that it will
> meet the quality standards we have set for 12.04.
>  3. There are no developers treating wubi as their top priorities. This
> combined with the QA difficulties has historically caused late breaking
> changes that add stress at release time and frequentily invalidate already
> executed ISO testing.
>  4. Most significantly, Windows is changing it's boot system with Windows
> 8, and it's not clear how wubi will work with Windows 8, if at all.

How much space is reclaimed on the ISO with the removal of Wubi?


Kees Cook

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