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On Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:37:21 +0100 (BST) Tom Davies
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Ubuntu and Puppy and possibly a few others have a magic way of
installing inside Windows.  It avoids 1 of the layers between
bare-metal and the OS because it avoids the virtual machine bit.  The
Ubuntu magic way is called the "Wubi".  Again you are adding the
worst of each OS and in addition the "drives" are really compressed
files but it's fast and easy to install and many people keep using
such things for years with no problems.  Obviously it's not made by
Microsoft and so every once in a while someone has troubles with
Windows trying to reject it but that is fairly rare.  We used to get
about 1 question per month that was specifically about the Wubi and
solved by moving to a dual-boot.   


Hang on a minute, wubi is dual-booting. The difference is that wubi
installs linux into a file on the windows drive, this 'saving' the
dangers involved in partitioning. With some difficulty you can set the
linux document directories outside of the linux file, so they can be
shared. But it is no-where near virtualisation.

Can't speak on Puppy's method


Keith Bainbridge
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BELMONT Vic 3216 Australia
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