Wubi – the painless and easy way to dual-boot Ubuntu
For some time now I’ve been wanting to delve into Linux, both for resume points and for a software dev environment I tried Slackware and found it a little difficult to configure for a total newbie. I’ve been thinking Ubuntu would be a good one to start with; its autoconfig is very good and it requires very little as far as setup is concerned.
Enter Wubi. I read about Wubi on TechRepublic and gave it a try. I must say, I’m impressed with how hands-off it is. I know that would drive most Linux nerds nuts, but it’s great for someone who is used to plug-n-play. I downloaded the installer (http://wubi-installer.org – less than a meg) on my Win XP laptop and fired it up. In less than an hour Ubuntu was installed on a (virtual?) partition with a dual-boot scenario. I booted to Ubuntu and was able to get things usable (I’m writing this post on Ubuntu) within another 30 or 45 minutes. I still have some stuff to work out (for some reason, my wireless card doesn’t fire up right at first – I have to go into the settings, delete the old settings, and reenter them before it gets going. It’s probably something I’m not doing right though.
I just can’t describe how painless this is for someone with some good skills in configuration of other OSes. At any rate, Wubi gets a high recommendation from me for anyone who wants to run Ubuntu in a dual-boot scenario. I would imagine it would be an excellent way to deploy Ubuntu as an optional desktop environment in a corporate setting.