Intention to drop Wubi from 13.04 release

Stéphane Graber stgraber at
Mon Apr 1 20:08:29 UTC 2013

On 04/01/2013 03:59 PM, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Dear developers,
> Recent bug reports suggest that the Ubuntu installer for Windows, Wubi, is
> not currently in very good shape for a release:
>   13.04 installer doesn't create user account 
>   Wubi fails to detect 12.04.2 and 13.04 AMD64 ISO
> Combined with the fact that Wubi has not been updated to work with Windows 8
> (bug #1125604), and the focus on mobile client over desktop, the Foundations
> team does not expect Wubi to be in a releasable state for 13.04.
> I am therefore proposing to drop Wubi from the 13.04 release, starting
> immediately with the upcoming Beta.  This will save our testers from
> spending their time testing an image that will not have developers working
> on fixing the bugs they find, and spares our users from using an image for
> 13.04 that is not up to Ubuntu's standards of quality.

I think this will save us quite a bit of the usual troubles we have
around release time and the fact that Wubi is nearly unusable on Windows
8 makes it a lot less relevant.

As we discussed, there may be some interest for some of the flavours
targeting people who tend to use older versions of Windows but even
then, current wubi has a bunch of bugs that need fixing first before we
can realistically ship it even for a limited set of flavours.

So anyway, +1.

I'll take care of disabling any remaining wubi builds and the matching
products on the tracker (and remove wubi from the 13.04 manifest).

> If someone is interested in taking over the maintenance of Wubi so that it
> can be released with 13.04 (or if not with 13.04, then with a future
> release), I would encourage them to start by looking at the abovementioned
> bugs and preparing patches, then talking to the release team.
> Thanks,

Stéphane Graber
Ubuntu developer

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