How To Try Ubuntu The Safest Way

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot was released the other day and with it comes a plethora of new things. I am not going to walk you through all the new changes you will find in this release. No. That would be boring and you might fall asleep if I post an 8-page blog entry just to list down all the cool stuff. Instead, you should do the discovering yourself. Because seeing is believing and I for one am very satisfied with the way Oneiric Ocelot has turned out to be – it is damned faster than Natty Narwhal by far! I should know.. . I’ve been a Natty user for 6 months.

New to Ubuntu? Try it out safely!

For people who have not yet ventured into the Ubuntu world don’t be afraid….. Ubuntu comes with a safe and fast way to install it without having to do anything except ask you for your preferred username and password.

What is even better is that it won’t even harm your existing Windows installation. Not at all. You won’t have to partition your disk or go through all that technical jargon of an install that most Windows users dread when they hear of the word Linux. Au contraire. With but a few clicks, and maybe just enough time for you to finish a hot latte, you can have a fully functional Ubuntu running on your computer. If you don’t want it anymore, you can uninstall Ubuntu as if it were another Windows application. It is that simple! I guarantee you.

So how do you do it?

Through Wubi. Yes this is the safest and fastest way to install and try out Ubuntu on your computer. Read the short guide. Rather than post the same steps here, I encourage you to head on to that wiki page instead. It is a short read.

What about VirtualBox?

Yes, you can do that too but based on my experience it sucks. Big time. I know each machine is different than the other but I’ll vote for Wubi always. Your experience may not be the same as mine. Anyway, I’ve tried it on 3 different machines with 3 different configurations. Wubi always pulls out way, WAY better than when you try it on the latest VirtualBox. This was done using the latest VirtualBox, with guest additions and all that, on an existing Ubuntu installation (not Wubi).

The machines I’ve tried it on with VirtualBox are: (1) an Acer with 2GB of RAM and Intel Core 2 Duo; (2) a custom-made rig with Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTS250 graphics; and, (3) MSI FX 520 with 2nd Gen Intel i5 4-cores, 8GB of RAM and Intel HD 3000 graphics. Even on an 4-core i5 Ubuntu on a VirtualBox was painful and frustrating.

For the best experience, Wubi it! Go ahead, you know you want to try it out. 🙂

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