An easy way to get to know Ubuntu

    This article is intended for those who want for the sake of interest or to replenish their baggage of knowledge in the field of working with Linux systems, it is safe to install Ubuntu or another distribution of this family. I understand that most people on Habré are experienced users / administrators / programmers, but still I hope that the article will be useful to those who do not have all this knowledge, but really want to get it :)

    Some time ago I wanted to get to know the Ubuntu family better, but laziness was messing around with partitioning the hard drive, etc. for the sake of simple pampering. After installing on a virtual machine and a short overview of the system, there was a desire to install it as a second one, but I still did not want to spend time on a disk partition

    After wandering around the Internet, I came across wubi. This simple utility was created just for those who want to fully and safely try Ubuntu. Why is it safe? Because it allows you to install the system without affecting the existing partition structure of the hard disk. That is, you can not be accidentally afraid, by mistake or not having experience, to lose data when repartitioning the hard drive. During installation, wubi creates a file of the size you selected as the partition on which the system will be installed. At startup, the wubi bootloader will connect it as a full disk, then everything will already be loaded from it. You can safely install Ubuntu and do anything with it. When you get tired - you can just go to the "Add / Remove Programs" in the Windows Control Panel and remove it.

    When installed in this way, we get a fully working system. The only limitation that I noticed is that she does not see the directory structure of the partition on which she is installed. That is, if you put it, say, on drive C, then under Ubuntu you will not be able to see it. Other discs will be available. There is also a slight decrease in file system performance, since the OS works with the file on NTFS, not the disk. Although she does not know about it :)

    By running wubi, you can choose which of the Ubuntu family you want to install. After selecting all the necessary parameters, wubi downloads the installation image from the official website (if you already have the image, just put it in the same directory where wubi is), creates a file section and adds a new item to the OS boot menu, selecting which you will download Ubuntu By the way, wubi allows you to install only the desktop version of * buntu. Server-side is not supported, nor is netbook-remix.

    Now a little about the problems. When I tried to install the Russian version of Ubuntu right away, I ran into a funny bug. Even under Windows, wubi throws an error and crashes. When installing the English and Ukrainian versions (others have not tried), everything is fine. On some computers, it also for some reason refuses to install in the system partition (drive C as a rule). It just freezes when creating a partition file. After restarting wubi and choosing another partition to install, the problem disappears. As for installing Ubuntu itself after wubi has completed all the necessary steps, I haven’t had any problems with it.

    That's basically it. On my own, I want to note that this is a great option for getting to know Linux 'as such.

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