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I installed WUBI on my windows laptop. This is a simple installation of ubuntu that means I can easily boot up in Ubuntu without having to worry about partitioning drives.

Is their an equivalent of WUBI for any of the other linux flavours?


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Have you considered using virtual machines? – iglvzx Feb 10 '12 at 1:41
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I don't think so. I made a search for you, on Google, and only found people asking if there's (or will be) a distro-agnostic Wubi equivalent (see this page), and a guy asking if there's anything like Wubi for Fedora. Seems no luck so far.

As a poor surrogate, you could use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB stick in minutes or just run a virtual machine (yeah, kind of obvious).

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Thanks. Yeah I googled as well and got nothing so tried here. – dublintech Feb 9 '12 at 23:19
Well I think it would be a great idea to create a distro-agnostic Wubi equivalent, and it wouldn't be so hard, either... – gd1 Feb 9 '12 at 23:35

There isn't a generic version that will do all Linux flavours, but Debian and OpenSUSE have achieved some things.

The first is win32-loader, which mimics Wubi, in which you do most of the install from within Windows.

The other option is Instlux, which is for OpenSUSE. I do not think it handles partitioning though, it just makes booting into the live image easier.

Wubi is great in concept, but it doesn't seem like others are ready to follow it quite yet.

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A WUBI for other Linux distributions? As far as I know: no.

But may I suggest you somethings easy to evaluate any Linux distibution?

1- Install Oracle VirtualBox

Just install Linux from the .iso file from your hard disk in a Virtual Machine

2- Install GetLinux

Find and download .iso of over 100 Linux distros

Both are free and open source. Have fun! :)

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