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Install Ubuntu 10.10 On A Windows Partition With WUBI
Ubuntu 10.10 vs 10.04: Reasons To Upgrade
-Improved Pulse Audio, good esp if you are still having issues with sound
-Faster bootup times
-Oneconf; which allows you to save all your app settings, and restore it later. Still early days, though.
-New Unity UI, Gui for Ubuntu Network Edition (Ubuntu Light)
Next release of Ubuntu is scheduled for November 4th, 2010 - Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1 (Natty Narwhal).
2010 Oct 10, Update: How Do I Know For Certain If Ubuntu 10.10 is already released yet? Google
for "Ubuntu 10.10", click "Latest" on the left sidebar, and look at the
twitter updates that come scrolling in intermittently. When everybody says it is already
released, it should be. ;)
Note: According to this page at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1590098, even Canonical has no idea when exactly it is going to be released, so be patient! More ways to be informed on actual release, on the page itself. :)
2010 Jul 15, Update: WUBI (-the single file download) is not available for Ubuntu 10.10 (now at Alpha 2) yet, in case you need to know. Anyhow, if you are a Linux noobie trying out WUBI, the last thing you want is an Alpha/Beta version, so stick to Ubuntu 10.04. You can, however, install using WUBI Ubuntu 10.04 (Karmic Koala) and then upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). ;)
Note: This is written for Ubuntu
10.04 and above, namely Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10, 11.04,
etc... It will also work for earlier versions, where WUBI is included, but why would you want to do that? Get the latest version! -_-
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I know penguins are cute, but do they bite?
Installing Ubuntu on a Windows partition means that you are performing an install of Ubuntu on an existing Windows partiton as opposed to installing one on a new Linux partition which is more difficult and risky to do. It's a case of which one is safer for a Linux newbie. ;)
On a technical knowhow needed of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the hardest, this is definitely a 1, as all you have to do is to click. No need terminal commands, as was the case in the past.
If Linux has put you off because you previously failed miserably installing or configuring it, you should look at it again now with new eyes. ;)
I have the whole installation process documented here minus some boring screens in-between. Scroll downwards to the pictures and have a look at how easy it is. See? It is no longer as scary as before! :D
What is WUBI?
WUBI stands for "Windows-based Ubuntu Installer" and comes standard on the Ubuntu Desktop CD.
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98
Memory: 256 MB
Hdd Space: 5 GB available
WUBI Installs the Ubuntu file system to "c:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk",
and a swap file to "c:\ubuntu\disks\swap.disk".
These are virtual containers and you don't get to see the inside of the containers which is a good thing as they won't mess up your Windows file system.
The downside of using WUBI as opposed to a real Linux filesystem on a separate partition is that Hibernation is NOT supported. I think of that as NOT YET so I won't be too worried about it. By the time you get used to Ubuntu and Linux, hopefully, someone will have perfected the Hibernation part. If it's a big issue for you, you can always install Ubuntu in its own partition later.
Another limitation that you must bear in mind, should you be unable to boot it up one day is - Ubuntu is configured as a container file (root.disk) in Windows, so if one day it happens that that file is "unclean" as a result of a hard shutdown (ie Windows crashed and burned!), you will need it to pass Windows disk checking (chkdsk) before it can boot up as the file has been corrupted in Windows NOT Linux. That means there are 2 layers of disk checking that you
should be aware of.
And now Ladies and Gentlement, the part you've been waiting for ...
Install Ubuntu 10 On A Windows Partition
Method 1: WUBI CD install:
Note: Though this article was originally written for an earlier version of Ubuntu, it works the same for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) too, as everything remained the same.
1. Start by going to Ubuntu's download page and decide on which version you want:
For ordinary users and Linux newbies, you will want to have the Desktop version, it's easier to use. Also regardless of whether your machine is running on a 64-bit capable CPU, if you prefer to run 32-bit applications, you will want to get the i386 version, NOT the AMD64 version. If you don't know what this means, just trust me on this one and get the i386 version. :)
So we have now decided on going for the i386 Desktop version, which if you search for it, leads us to a filename with a name like: ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso (which at the moment of writing this hub, is the most current version).
users will have to look for a netbook version; there are 3 different
versions depending on the processor on your netbook.
2. Right click and save the file to your computer. Depending on how fast your broadband is, make yourself a nice cup of mocha or go do some work. ;)
*You might also want to consider getting the torrent version,
if you know how to download it and especially if your connection is
prone to being cut off. Believe me, you don't want to lose the download
somewhere near the 600MB mark. -_-
**If on the other hand, you're reading this cause you have forgotten how to upgrade, you might one to check out this other hub of mine which made use of the ALTERNATE version (NO WUBI).
3. Ok, you're back! Which means, you have managed to get the file. :)
Now follow the instructions at the picture gallery below:
Ubuntu 10 Installation: Visual Guide
And finally, ta daa ... the Ubuntu 10.04 desktop!
An Even Easier Way!
Method 2: WUBI single file web installer (WUBI.exe):
Note: WUBI installer does not seem to be updated yet, even after Ubuntu 10.10 is officially released. Use the other method. :(
After having this published, an even easier way has come to my attention; instead of getting the CD with WUBI in it, you download the WUBI installer, which will then download Ubuntu for you and then install everything for you without burning the CD. A 1-step method, if you will.
The website is: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/windows-installer and it still only has WUBI 10.04, NOT WUBI 10.10 the last time I checked. If you followed the link, downloaded and upon installation, still see 10.04, try Method 1 instead. :(
Which method to follow?
If you need to have the CD (for multiple installations, or to run in demo mode - to just look and see whether Ubuntu is for you), follow the main article's method. On the other hand, if you have already decided on installing Ubuntu and want the convenience of a single click, choose this method. I have not tried this method yet, so no pictures are available. Sorry!
What If the latest version WUBI Is not available yet?
If you're getting an early Alpha or Beta version of Ubuntu, chances are that the latest version of WUBI is not on the Desktop CD nor available for download as a single file internet install yet. This is because WUBI is normally one of the last items in the development schedule. Even if this is the case, you can still get the current available version of WUBI, install Ubuntu, and then update to the latest Alpha/Beta/RC (Release Candidate) version of Ubuntu.
Memory: 384 MB
Harddisk Space: 5 GB available space
Some Ubuntu WUBI errors you may run into:
Ubuntu Installer's Pyrun.exe No Disk Error:
"There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive
Cancel | Try Again | Continue"
-This is due to having more than one removeable media - memory cards, cd, iso, etc - in your PC. Choose the "Continue" option, up to 20 times, if you have to. The errors are caused by each drive you have, and it is not looping, though it gives you the impression. You can also stop and eject all removeable media (or disable them if you need to) before you run pyrun.exe.
(More solutions later ...)
Conclusion, and some words about penguins
You're done! Pat yourself on the back and sip some more mocha! :)
More to be added later. Like how to configure Ubuntu 10.04. And like this tutorial, it's easier than before. As you can see in the Ubuntu desktop post-installation picture, I already have the Wifi and sound icons, and that means those are already working out of the box. So it's more like tweaking Ubuntu to suit your needs rather than configuring hardware drivers. See ya! :)
Btw, penguins are known to bite HARD if you get too close! :D Don't be fooled by their impeccably tailored suits.