Take Ubuntu for a non-invasive test drive with Wubi
Posted by Dresonic on May 9, 2007
only: Wubi is a Windows-based installer that lets you run the OS on your Windows XP box–no partitions, bootloaders or Live CDs required.
Wubi appears to be an evolved, community-supported version of the Ubuntu Windows installer prototype we looked at a while back. Just run the executable, reboot, and choose Ubuntu from the boot menu that appears. Like a, Wubi makes no changes to your system but affords full access to your hardware and comes with a robust suite of Linux apps and utilities (the same stuff that comes with Ubuntu).
Wubi is beta, but it worked fine on my XP system and uninstalled without a hitch. Some users will undoubtedly prefer the Live CD approach to Linux test-driving, but this saves you having to burn a CD and affords a more permanent Linux presence–if that’s what you want. Wubi is free; it requires Windows XP
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