[sf-lug] One Click Ubuntu install ... from Windows

David Rosenstrauch darose at darose.net
Fri Oct 26 09:07:54 PDT 2007

Rick Moen wrote:
> Upon looking _this_ implementation up, it turns out to be a loop-mounted
> vfat filesystem, i.e., an imagefile of a vfat partition that's been
> mounted with the loop option (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loop_device), 
> the way one loop-mounts a CD-image file one has created before burning
> it to media, to verify that everything looks OK.
> As with UMSDOS, there's going to be a whole lot of overhead associated
> with those extra layers, and with the sheer inefficiency of also dealing
> with the host OS's file access.  Nice little trick, though.

I've tried out Wubi, and it's actually quite nice.

It's a little bit slow, but certainly not dog-slow on recent vintage 
machines.  Faster than a LiveCD, IMO.

Don't rule it out just yet.  It actually could be just the thing for a 
non-techy user to use to kick the tires.


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