[ubuntu-uk] Test driving a new version (was Re: natty with unity)

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Fri Jan 14 14:12:03 UTC 2011

On 14 January 2011 10:55, Sean Miller <sean at seanmiller.net> wrote:
> This is a slight tangent, but I'd like to see this but don't fancy upgrading
> this installation this early in the process... under WUBI can I have two
> versions of Ubuntu?
> ie. when I boot can I have "Ubuntu 10.04" AND "11.04" (and obviously
> Windows) all as options?
> As it's stored in a subdirectory of the windows partition, if the answer is
> "no" I'd ask "why?"

I don't know the answer to your specific question, but trying a
"test-drive" of the new version is precisely the Use Case for the
"testdrive" application. If I remember correctly, it's available in
10.04 (just checked while looking for the following link, looks like
it is). There's a nice GUI for it in 10.10 too (there's a PPA for
10.04) - try looking at Dustin Kirkland's blog on

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:testdrive/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install testdrive

Also install testdrive-gtk if you want the GUI.

If you don't want to use the command-line to install, open Software
Centre, choose Edit > Software Sources on the menu, click the "Other
Software" tab then the "Add" button, enter "ppa:testdrive/ppa" and
click the Add button. Close the Software Sources and go back to the
Software Centre window and search for "testdrive".

As an aside, it'll create a virtual machine from other ISO images, not
just Ubuntu.


P.S. Sean, sorry if you get this twice, but I cc'd you when I changed
the Subject line.

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