Jan 29, 2008

[Ubuntu] Wubi, the Windows Linux Installer


During one of my StumbleUpon sessions, I came across Wubi, the self-proclaimed "Easiest Way to Linux" for Windows users. That was a pretty interesting tag line and given my relative laziness to go about trying to get a copy of the latest Ubuntu distribution (I don't have a CD burner), setting up a partition and all that, I have yet to get onto the Ubuntu bandwagon. This seemed like a promising way to do it.

So I downloaded the decently-sized installer (around 9Mb), ran it, made my selections about the amount of space I wanted to give Ubuntu and other options, rebooted my computer a few times (as instructed) and presto, I can now dual-boot for Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn)! At least now I can finally get around to writing first-hand experiences about Ubuntu as opposed to just general news about it.

My only challenge so far is getting the screen resolution right - I'm using a wide screen LCD monitor and it never looks quite right no matter how much I play with the settings. More on this in the weeks to come.

So if you're (1) a sad Windows user like me and (2) interested in trying out Ubuntu, this might be the best way for you to do it. It worked pretty easily for me so far and Windows XP still seems to be running decently thus far.

1 comment:

  1. You might want to use the restricted drivers for your computer's video card. Or, install Gutsy instead.