NoOp glgxg at
Sat Nov 8 18:11:09 UTC 2008

On 11/08/2008 06:44 AM, Eberhard Roloff wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Or even better for the trepidacious new user, slip the new disk into the
>> drive _while_ you're running Windows and the "Wubi" installer will create a
>> file _inside_ your Windows partition and install Ubuntu into that.  Then
>> you can boot into either without trouble.
> On a sidenote:
> While I understand Wubi as a rather riskfree way to explore Linux, I 
> never recommend Wubi or vmware/vbox installations to newcomers.
> Imho these msolutions either depend on the power of the underlying 
> windows or are nice but slow through emulation.
> Both are nice and fine for a professional using needing Linux for 
> occassionally looking at it.
> In contrast, I think a serious newcomer has got the right to see Linux 
> at it's best. Imho this can only happen via installing Linux natively on 
> the disk(s)

Umm... have you ever installed via Wubi? If you had, you'd find it
actually works very well [1]. The performance is nearly identical to a
native install, and is only slightly limited by the hard drive
performance. See:

The biggest problem that I find with a Wubi installation is that the
user becomes so familiar with the Ubuntu install that they start relying
on it regularly... then they want to permanently convert. You then need
to move everything to a regular partition, which as you know can be a
pain & if not done properly can result in data loss.

[1] I tested a Wubi install just to find out what it was all about & was
pleasantly surprised at: 1) how easy it was, and 2) how well it
performed. Try it sometime, you might become a fan :-)

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