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On 07/25/2012 08:10 AM, Keith Bainbridge wrote:
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


With the dual booting in separate partitions, like I use for Ubuntu/Vista on my laptop, I can share the files from Windows partition to the Linux one, but not the other way around. So if you take and keep all your data files on the Windows partition, you still can use them, like you do with a second hard drive, on your Linux install. That is what I do, mostly, for that dual booting system. That saves hard drive space.

The only time I used Puppy was on a system that was really slow. That system is now in my parts box. I really do not know much about what Puppy is like now.

As for using Linux inside a Windows partition via the WUBI option, I would not go that way. IT may work for people to really get into Linux without doing the partitioning, but is still based in the Windows environment with all its problems with defragging and such. I say try a Live CD or DVD and then go the dual booting with the separate partitioning option.

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