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Hey. I have windows and I popped in my ubuntu disk, and hit the "Install inside of Windows" option. It installed, then I booted into linux, and it created the image etc. After that, with high hopes, I went to boot into linux to start using it. I got the following error:
"Booting 'Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)'
Filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x7
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID1030B50730B4F4B6 loop=/ubuntu/disks/root.disk ro single
Personal bias only---I have never tried the "install inside Windows' option:
First, the liveCD Linux distros are a really good way to see if Linux is going to be something you want to pursue. You boot from the CD, and the existing OS is never touched. The only thing to keep in mind is that it will be slow.
If you you want to install, then take the time to make space on you drive, and do a "clean, native install"--ie not inside Windows or in a virtual machine. This is--IMHO--the only way to really see Linux at its best.
Good luck and don't hesitate to ask the most mundane questions.
I guess I'm the opposite, I like the idea of a virtual install. I have found it a good method to have a local Linux install within 'VirtualBox' on a resident OS host. I'm not a VmWare fan.
Today with modern systems having smp with loads of memory and large HDD the virtualizations available doesn't slow the process that much.
But I agree that a LiveCD of a distribution will give you a better opportunity to experience as near to the original distro. Just a little slower if the LiveCD doesn't have a 'load to RAM' option.
It is a lot easier for a newbie to experience a distribution with the LiveCD. But some Slackers and others like us tend to want a virtual environment more than the Livecd. I do believe in the 'KISS' principle.
Last edited by onebuck; 05-23-2008 at 08:20 AM.
Personal bias only---I have never tried the "install inside Windows' option:...
I did a test Wubi install of Ubuntu 8.04 to Windows Vista Home Basic. It runs as well as any separate partition installs I have. Quite obviously I am not going to recommend that everyone on the forum run out and purchase Windows so they can do a Wubi install. But for someone new to Linux and partitioning it is a quite valid option.