Intention to drop Wubi from 13.04 release

Robert Bruce Park robert.park at
Tue Apr 9 19:31:03 UTC 2013

On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 04:09:35PM +0100, Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> On 8 April 2013 18:01, bcbc bcbc <openbcbc at> wrote:
> > It's hard to make an informed decision without knowing the usage stats of
> > Wubi. If it's quite low then I expect there'd be little impact, but if it's
> > popular then it's taking a low-risk installation method away from users who
> > might otherwise not have tried Ubuntu. Does Canonical have any statistics on
> > this?
> >
> The point that it's not low-risk any more. It can cause data-loss on
> windows 8 side when it's hibernated.

I can't find the original article right now, but I recently read a
gaming blog where some random journalist had attempted to install
Steam inside of a Wubi Ubuntu installation. His readers mercilessly
flamed him as being essentially a total idiot (because everybody "just
knows" that Wubi is *incredibly* terrible), and so he was forced to
try it again without Wubi. Had he not been a journalist, he would have
simply given up on Wubi and written Ubuntu off as an unstable product.

The unfortunate reality is that if Wubi is your first experience with
Ubuntu, you're likely to come to the conclusion that Ubuntu is an
unstable mess, when really it's the fact that Windows is an unstable
base underneath your Ubuntu that is causing the problems (but you
don't know that). Wubi is basically a disaster and is generating a lot
of negative associations with Ubuntu in novice's minds.

Here's an alternate page where "Don't use Wubi" is given as the number
one piece of advice for getting Steam to run on Ubuntu:

In short, Wubi needs to die a quick and painless death so we can get
on with providing positive experiences to new users of Ubuntu.

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