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Wubi 8.10

by James 25 January 2009 6 Comments

Overview
Wubi is the official Ubuntu installer. It can be run from Windows so that you can install and try Ubuntu without losing your Windows operating system settings and so on.

Review
As you know I have only freeware and open source programs installed in my PC at home, except the operating system which is Windows XP. Many people told me that although having only freeware is good I should go all the way and have an open source operating system, Ubuntu. I promised that I would give it a try, and the simplest way is through Wubi.

Wubi is, as the program authors say, free, discrete, safe and above all simple. After you download the installer you have to make a few simple choices like destination drive, size, language and set up an username and a password.

Wubi screenshot 1

Wubi screenshot 1

 

After you click install your worries are gone. Everything will be automated from now on, so you can go out and have lunch while Wubi installs Ubuntu on your PC. On my machine the whole think took about an hour and a half to complete.

 

Wubi screenshot 2

Wubi screenshot 2

 

Reboot your PC and when it starts you will get to choose between running Windows or Ubuntu. Simple.

I played around with Ubuntu for a few hours and I’m not going to get into details about how it went now. I’ll just tell you that I was impressed with some of the features, mainly with the overall speed, but I was a little bit put off by some device drivers problems. The most annoying thing was that although I tested several drivers for my graphic card I just couldn’t set up a normal resolution for my display. But I think I’m going to write a new post about all that.

Version Tested

8.10

Author

Wubi

Operating System

Windows All

Download link

Summary

 It couldn’t get more simple than this

Rating

Verdict

I think that if you are a Windows user and you want to try Ubuntu without any risks or worries then Wubi is the only way to go: it’s simple and free and you’ll get Ubuntu, the open source operating system, in your PC without having to make intricate choiches. What happens in Ubuntu though is a completely different story that I’m going to go through some other time.

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  • simpson said:

    ставлю из-под ХР убунту 8, после того, как вуби все сделал я перезагрузил систему, выбрал убунту и все замерло, черный экран и все. в чем может быь дело??

  • rico said:

    i like wubi……..
    It’s just that i couldn’t get sound to work on ubuntu also couldn’t get flash to work
    maybe it was just me but i do like the speed and graphics

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Rico
    The sound worked ok for me but I couldn’t get the display to work properly. Otherwise I was impressed with the speed and the general look and feel too.

  • Danbo19 said:

    So, I downloaded Wubi, but halfway through I keep getting this error message. It says “tuple index is out of range” What is a tuple index, and what range is it supposed to be in?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Danbo
    I have absolutely no idea about the error message you had, you should check the wubi support page, maybe you’ll find the answer.

  • rico said:

    well i am dual booting now i got sound to work ok.Wubi was ok to try out but truth be toldit doesn’t come close to dual bootingit just that when you dual boot ubuntu you get better graphics, it’s way faster and i just thinhk (to my opinion at least) it’s way better.But i wouldn’t had decided to dual boot if i hadn’t tryed out ubuntu with wubi.

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