Wubi 8.04.1, officially Ubuntu installer for Windows users

October 28, 2008

Switching to Linux can be daunting–if something goes wrong or you just don’t like it, is it too late to turn back? Wubi’s free, one-step Windows installation throws a safety net under Linux, allowing you to try it without gutting your PC.

Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. No need to burn a CD, just run the installer, enter a password for the new account, and click "Install". Wubi will download and prepare the required files, and ask you to reboot in order to complete the installation. You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu.

Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application. Version 8.04.1 inclu
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"Take Linux on a test run"

This app is one of the easiest ways to add Ubuntu to your Windows system. Wubi’s dialog interface requires users to select a mere six options to install the Linux OS. Don’t expect help with this utility. Users are expected to have a basic understanding of Linux and booting into alternate operating systems.

Selecting the install drive, hard-drive space, language, username, and password is quick with pull-down selectors. The most difficult decision is choosing the environment from Ubuntu, Kbuntu, Xubuntu, and UbuntuStudio. Users are expected to know which they would prefer, as no information is given about the options. While this is truly a one-click install of Linux, it isn’t fast. The first step downloads an almost 700MB ISO image used to install Linux. After the download, the app takes a considerable time unpacking and installing the OS. Boot into Ubuntu and there is another wait as the OS completes setting preferences and options. It is all without user intervention, though.

A last reboot and you have a clean, handy Linux OS on your PC. Numerous apps are preinstalled and configured. Seconds after first log-in our testers were browsing the Internet and using a freeware word processor without any extra configuration. This is a great simple install package for anyone interested in trying out Linux.


Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/Vista, 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, 5GB disk space

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