[ubuntu-uk] wubi re-start?

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu Apr 24 17:01:21 BST 2008

Sean Miller wrote:
> I'm disappointed, to be honest... this is a great opportunity to capture 
> a new audience and if the first thing they find is that Wubi downloads 
> 600+MB and then restarts then it'll send out the wrong impression... bit 
> like when I was a CAMRA activist in the 80s and pubs insisted on selling 
> rubbish real ale... first impressions count. 
> I will try to download the ISO and do it that way... sigh!

The 8.04 way of wubi is to insert the live CD into a working windows 
system, click install into Windows, then it loads. It seems to take 
the information, image or whatever, direct from the CD ( *not* the 
600MB download that a simple wubi exe would need if you ran it naked 
in windows) and then you re-boot. Most windows users feel very 
comfortable about a re-boot anyway......... it is all they ever do.

On re-boot it offers windows as default or Ubuntu. Windows would run 
as normal albeit with a new ubuntu folder. The choice of Ubuntu  leads 
to a request for username and password, (linux culture gently 
beginning...) and then, you are into normal ubuntu. It is hard to see 
the join, or the difference from a full normal install, although I am 
sure there is a difference if you know where to look.

I guess there will be Ubuntu updates then, also expected in windows 
culture, but the ubuntu ones will be more visible and open with much 
less mumbo jumbo than windows.

I think it will be readily used by those wanting to try stuff. Most 
windows users who want to escape have never installed windows 
themselves, so they will not want to start partitioning. But they 
certainly have installed .exe files in the windows way, with a reboot. :-)

I think it will do well.
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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