Wubi installs Ubuntu to a file

Wubi sounds pretty damn cool. No longer do you have to repartition your PC hard drive to install Linux. Dowload a Windows exe file to guide you through an Ubuntu install.

Is this running Ubuntu within a virtual environment or something similar?

No. This is a real installation, the only difference is that Ubuntu is installed within a file as opposed to being installed within its own partition. Thus we spare you the trouble to create a free partition for Ubuntu. And we spare you the trouble to have to burn a CD-Rom.

I haven’t tried Wubi. I already have Ubuntu Feisty Fawn installed. (The upgrade was a cinch btw… but that damn network install took HOURS.) Will report back when I get a chance to check this out.

Barrier to try Linux Lowered Significantly

Ubuntu and Debian Linux both have EXE files you can download to your Windows computer to install Linux quickly and easily. It appears that this install creates an image file and doesn’t attempt to repartition your hard drive. It also allows you to dual boot your operating system. VERY good news for beginners. If this process really works then the only excuse you have now not to try Ubuntu or Debian is lack of hard drive space.

Hat tip and big ole’ curtsy to Justin for the links!