[ubuntu-uk] Precise - some thoughts .....

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Sun May 6 22:16:15 UTC 2012

On 6 May 2012 21:17, Barry Drake <ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com> wrote:

> Hi there ....  One of many things I've learned from spending time on
> Ubuntu Answers and AskUbuntu is that a significant number of folk are
> totally confused because they have a wubi installation.  In many cases I
> have spotted this early on in the process of trying to help.  One lady was
> asked (not by me) to boot from the live-DVD and click the 'Try Ubuntu'
> option.  She does not get the 'Try Ubuntu' option.  To her, booting meant
> putting the disk in while Windows was running.  She does have a wubi
> installation with a failed upgrade that I think we may sort out.
> Now, we have a significant number of ordinary folk familiar only with
> Windows, wanting to try Ubuntu.  I'd like to see a change in the Autorun
> behaviour under Windows.  Rather than automatically firing wubi up, I'd
> like to see the autorun bring up an HTML page with several links and an
> explanation about exactly what wubi is and does.  Then the suggestion that
> the user ought to first try Ubuntu with full instructions as to how to boot
> from a DVD in really basic terms.  Most computers these days come with the
> bios options NOT set to boot from anything other than a hard-drive.
> One question I'm painfully working through is from someone who is thinking
> of using wubi simply because when he starts the computer it does not boot
> from the DVD.  He actually wants to try Ubuntu to see if it's for him.
>  Wubi would not be right in this case, and BIOS settings are a foreign word
> to him.  I'm trying really hard to explain with little success so far, what
> they are about.
> Any thoughts on this from you guys?

All the computers I use now have an option to show a boot menu.  Usually
something like Esc or F12.  Sometimes this shown as an option when the
computer is starting up, sometimes not.  My desktop tells me it is Esc, my
two EEEPCs don't tell me, but it is still Esc.  So I don't need to go into
the BIOS to change the boot sequence.  Maybe your chap can find a boot menu
option and you can avoid any mention of the BIOS.

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