Recent versions of Ubuntu have offered the option to run it with Windows via their Windows installer Wubi. I tried the installer on an old Windows XP machine I was about to trash. It installed fine...apparently. However, I didn't do much other than set it up and play around with the interface.
Are there any issues installing and running Ubuntu like this? Would it be better to manually install Ubuntu and setup a dual boot environment myself?
The Wubi install does setup a boot loader and provides you with a dual-boot environment. You install Ubuntu from Windows, but you don't run Ubuntu under Windows...if that makes sense. How would that be slower than a manual install?
Because it is running on a virtual disk in windows using windows as a "host"and not an actual partition so the read write access speeds are not as fast as on a real partition..
Plus it does not take kindly to hard reboots and or power failures..either might result in neither OS being available ..and as it is on a virtual disk it is still affected by the fragmentation level of the windows system ( and the slowness that comes with badly fragged disks under windows ) .. very frustrating when you are looking for speed , especially as in a manual installation linux is normally faster than windows on the same hardware ..
you could always nlite your xp ..that would make it fast ..depends what you need to have working in xp as to what you'd leave in..;)
ahhh. I thought Wubi was just an installation tool. I didn't realize all the tricks it was using to exist under Windows that way. Apparently you can move the install to its own partition after you have Ubuntu setup.