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Ubuntu is an open-source Linux distribution operating system, and if that sounds like geek to you, it shouldn't. If you've only ever used Windows, the idea of trying a new operating system might sound a little scary. But with Wubi you can download and try Ubuntu easily, and with the knowledge that you can go back to Windows whenever you like.

Wubi is simply an installer for Ubuntu, and as such, it's not at all complicated. The program allows users to install--and uninstall--Ubuntu as they would any other Windows application. In essence, you get an operating system within an operating system, and you can switch back and forth with relative ease. Wubi asks users to choose the disk on which they want to install Ubuntu, and from there it's really just a matter of waiting. It took about half an hour for Ubuntu to download, after which we rebooted our computer as instructed. Instead of launching Windows automatically, a screen appeared that asked us to choose Windows or Ubuntu. We chose Ubuntu, and did some more waiting as Ubuntu was installed. It is an entire operating system, after all, so it's bound to take longer than your average Windows application. Once that was done, we set off to explore Ubuntu. And when we were ready, we simply rebooted to switch back to Windows. Overall, Wubi isn't a particularly impressive program, but when it comes to installers, you really want something that draws as little attention to itself as possible. Wubi succeeds on that front, making it relatively quick and easy to download Ubuntu.

Wubi installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to everyone.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Forget about Ubuntu and stick with Windows."

    October 27, 2010  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    None as it is not user friendly. And you install new software the same way you can with Windows. Ubuntu has a difficult software and web browser installation system.

    Cons

    Download takes hours a very long time and also you have to have a log in password with Ubuntu. Where as with Windows you do not as it is optional but not with Ubuntu.

    Summary

    Windows users including myself do not realise they have got it good having Windows on their computer instead of Lynax Ubuntu. First of all even if you have Windows XP or windows 95 or an older version of Windows, Windows is VERY user friendly and if you have got Windows 7 like I have it is EVEN MORE user friendly and easy to use. Also all Windows users have a lot of choice of what software to choose from with perhaps at least 500 web browsers and software all made for Windows and most are also compatible with Windows 7. And YOU control how you use and run your computer. YOU choose if you want to receive and install updates or not and which ones to install. YOU choose if you want to have log on password when you start your computer and install new programs. But with Ubuntu this is NOT the case.Wabi installs ubuntu alongside Windows so you do not have to get rid of Windows to use Ubuntu. That is when you start your computer you can choose to boot up in Windows or Ubuntu. But ubuntu unlike Windows is not user friendly. First of all you MUST have a log on password unlike with Windows,where this is optional. I do not have a log on password at all on my laptops,all Windows 7. I just turn my computer on, it starts and that's it. But you cannot do this with Ubuntu,and that was the first thing that put me off of it.Also you cannot install additional software the same way you can as in Windows. In Windows you just go to the website,download your chosen browser or other software and that is it.But not with Ubuntu. With Ubuntu installation of a new web browser is complicated as you have to type in commands or pick from the list but this does NOT install it just like that. Also, most of the web browsers and voice and video chat messengers are not compatible with Ubuntu or Lynax. In fact all of the video chat messengers I want and love Aim Messenger,Google Talk and others people are used to like ICQ,Skype,Yahoo messenger and all of the others used by Windows users are NOT compatible with Ubuntu. So if I changed to Ubuntu I would miss my Aim Messenger and Google Talk and I would not be able to use the web browsers I love,Green browser,Chromium or Google chrome,Seamonkey,Mozilla Flock,Pale Moon,Safefox and all the things I want and love to use. As none of these are compatible with Ubuntu,although it does have it's own version of Firefox which is bundled with Ubuntu,the same way Internet Explorer is bundled with Windows. But then you can get and install Firefox in windows. There is also a Chromium browser for Ubuntu but you cannot use Chromium Nightly Updater to install it on Ubuntu either,another thing Windows users will miss.Windows users complain about Internet Explorer being bundled with Windows and hate IE. So do I, but there ARE ways to uninstall IE. I have done this,I have completely uninstalled my Internet Explorer from Windows 7 and I have no regrets as it has not effected my system in the least. I still get updates for Internet Explorer and Windows Live Messenger even though I no longer have these programs. As I have not found a way to disable them. But I am sure I will soon. Also with Ubuntu, you will have to use Empaphy chat messenger to call your friends on other networks which is a multi network messenger and I do not like those. I myself will NEVER install or use Ubuntu even if it is an installation that can be used alongside Windows. For all of the reasons mentioned and i would rather have even an older version of Windows,such as Windows XP,which is not so bad. And just find a way to get rid if the Internet Explorer 6 it comes with,rather than switch to Ubuntu. I have kept my Windows 7 and have NOT changed to Ubuntu after thinking about all of the disadvantages I would face. My advice- if you are thinking of replacing your copy of Windows for Ubuntu-DON'T. Stay with Windows instead,you are better off with Windows. Andrea borman.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW WOW! HAPPY DAYS!"

    September 21, 2010  |   By andeyejah

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    This rocks out big time!.Im new to it just downloaded the latest beta from the ubuntu site running really well haven't noticed any problems yet my laptop is running super fast it's a whole new world for me jesuz the amount of free apps is unreal :)

    Cons

    none very pleasing in every way!

    Summary

    You just have to try this why is it not better known?.Windows is not a patch on it trust me :) no virus trojans worms etc no hackerz i hope :) no need to pay greedy microsoft or apple a red cent damn i must be dead!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Overall, Good OS"

    September 20, 2010  |   By shoupz23

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    I have tried the OS, in the past i have had installation problems, tho i eventually got into the os itself and had a fun time

    Cons

    the installer does as said, it allowed me to get Ubuntu without the other trouble but the os just simply has problems installing on my comp, it always gets stuck on a section of installation

    Summary

    the installer does as said, it allowed me to get Ubuntu without the other trouble but the os just simply has problems installing on my comp, it always gets stuck on a section of installation, anyone that gets past this will have great time with the os guess its just my comp.
    Will only down rate for my troubles with installation, which is worth one start minus, in all 4 star for that brief time that i had playing with os.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ubuntu is a great Operating system"

    September 20, 2010  |   By Shezman

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    Ubuntu is faster than windows, safer than windows, and most importantly, FREE, why spend $199 on Windows ?

    Cons

    You have to download and install? Why?

    Summary

    Ok, simply put, why download and install this, when there is a version that you can try using a CD or USB drive or you can install it from the CD/USB drive

    Seriously, if you really want to try UbuntU, then go to their website, and create the cd, and use it that way, saves space on your HD, and it is a full version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Operating System in the World"

    September 18, 2010  |   By Mattcc119

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    FAST
    Intuitive
    Open Source
    Eye Catching
    Easy to Install

    Cons

    Few mainstream programs are supported.
    The initial set-up when the OS is first installed can seem daunting for a begging user.

    Summary

    I've used Ubuntu for years. It's a great operating system and I really wish I could use it as my primary OS. Unfortunately I am a video editor and it is mandatory that I have Premiere, After Effect and Photoshop. With that said, I own a Mac with Snow Leopard and a PC with Windows 7 and I can honestly say that Ubuntu at its base is better then both pf the top dog operating systems.

    For the (experienced) computer user that doesn't have a need for intense application software and only uses the machine for word processing and the internet, the OS is nearly perfect.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use and very intuitive screens."

    July 18, 2010  |   By Budelicious

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    Simple to use
    Effective
    Quick
    Drag & Drop interface

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Although I can't be certain that it wiped my open memory, I am certain that there was significant time accomplishing the task. I needed something that would be effective and that would clean an old computer that I am donating to a friend. Great software!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "the program works as advertised"

    May 14, 2010  |   By master_mind413

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    it flawlessly installs all Ubuntu based Linux OS on your windows machine with a duel boot partitioned hard drive

    Cons

    NON of them have flash and it is nearly impossible to find out how to properly install flash after a days worth of research mass amounts of online forums and even yes adobe website help files I could never get flash to properly install

    Summary

    unbuntu could never connect too my Router, and mythbuntu TV never did install properly, xubuntu was nice but not what I was looking for and Kubuntu was exactly what I was looking for but I could never get flash installed so I gave up once again

    sorry linux I wont use until flash comes pre-installed as a package every thing uses it and if i have to install it myself it should not be rocket science

    Updated on Jul 15, 2010

    I was finally able too install flash ( you have to use firefox with lucid lynx (unbuntu Operating system ) at the time of writing this it was the newest one available) you have to download the adobe firefox add on ) from the unbuntu software center ( would be found in the start tab on windows ) I hope this helps any one else that was having trouble

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Get a taste of Linux."

    May 6, 2010  |   By stargazer

    Version: Wubi 10.04

    Pros

    Easy to install., stable. Painless way to experiment with Linux.

    Cons

    Had problems with the Linux updates. last time I installed the update package I had a crash. Simply went back to Win 7 control panel & un installed Wubi. Downloaded it again and back in business.Small aggravation having to re set my preferences.

    Summary

    To me it brings back some of the fun of computers. Makes it like a hobby again trying to push my knowledge of computing. I have had much worse crashes on Windows. I like knowing that I don't have to use Windows. I will never purchase Windows ( unless it comes preloaded on my pc).

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