Wubi, the Easiest Way to Install Ubuntu?

In a previous post I briefly mentioned my experience of using the "Goodbye Microsoft" installer for Debian. Since then Aaron has kindly pointed me in the direction of Wubi:

Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you.

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Wubi-ized Ubuntu: The Scariest Linux?

Agreed. However, some purists are going to have cows because (to them) Wubi commits three cardinal sins:

 

1. The install (and uninstall) is Too Easy! It installs and uninstalls like a *Windows application*!

 

2. There's no partition fiddling needed. Unlike any non-live Linux distribution, you can install onto any Windows partition (even NTFS partitions).

 

3. It supports too much modarn hardware (including printers). That, however, is *entirely* Ubuntu's fault; I'm very familiar with Feisty Fawn (which Wubi is based on), and Feisty has been as solid as Linux distributions get.

 

I don't mind running Linux as an option; however, there is zero chance that it will completely *replace* Windows for me (I do far too much that can only be done in Windows). Wubi is the only distribution of Linux that actively Gets It.