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By: Thomas Sun, 18 Jan 2009 22:56:41 +0000 Brian,

I think that I will try and see how I perform on Ubuntu first before I move forward. Your advice is taken seriously and I will not attempt it without the proper geek support. I had a problem trying method #1, I attempted this twice without any success. I then tried the Wubi method and that worked very well. I have two drives on my laptop and I thought that I should put it on the one that was virtually empty. I did that and it appears that it worked fine. I can boot into either OS when I start my laptop. Now the question I have is this, I selected 10 gigs as the file size. I have plenty of more room to use on this second disk, should I erase and re-install selecting a larger file size if I am happy with Ubuntu. What are the advantages and or disadvantages of doing this. By increasing the size do I allow for more overall use such as saving files multimedia etc. For example I have saved it for ten gigs, but lets say I want to install all my music files from their originals which would exceed 20gigs themselves should I load a larger file for Ubuntu. Basically by limiting its size do I limit its overall capability in the long run.

Also I have played a little bit with Ubuntu and like what I see. But, their seems to be a problem downloading Adobe flash player. It states that it is not compatible. One option was ubuntu 8.04 but I am sure that I am using 8.10 via Wubi. What could I expect to have problems with in terms of capadable drivers and such. I am not a gamer and really do not normally use complicated programs.

The last question I will ask is for the desktop graphics. Is the 64 bit version of Ubuntu the only one with cube and all those wicked graphics. I checked my spec’s and I think I have only 32 bit as I went into my Vista Score and saw something there stating that. Also I have loaded the 32 bit desktop Ubuntu via Wubi. So is the 64bit the one with all the cool graphics and if not how do I access the cube I keep trying to find it, wow that must sound funny to you.

Thank You very much for your answers as they have been clear and concise. I understand that I have many little questions here and I will continue to experiment with Ubuntu and hopefully will not have to bother you all here.

Again Thanks Brian and Thanks Abhinav for your time

By: Brian - Sun, 18 Jan 2009 15:50:24 +0000 Thomas – Good luck with Ubuntu. You should be fine.

Loading OS X Leopard on a PC is considerably more difficult than installing Ubuntu. Not only is it of dubious legality, the required hardware is much more select and finicky. I don’t recommend it for most people, unless you want to spend some serious time learning about it (and possibly buying some compatible hardware).

To read more about it, check out the OSx86 project.

By: Thomas Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:42:35 +0000 Thank You Guys.

I am first going to try the disk method. If I have problems in this method of trying to write it to a disk I will delete the file. Then do option #2 and see how everything goes that way. I see that you are confident that I will not experience anything adverse and that in of itself assures me that I can go ahead without any worries.

Thank you for answering the question about sleep mode. I have seen some videos showing the difference between Vista and Ubuntu and it caught my attention. I hope that it is user friendly enough and does not require a step learning curve. Although I will try to climb one mountain at a time is it possible to load Leopard on to a PC without any major issues. Let me know if that is possible and dummy proof for someone like me. Again Thanks to the two of you.


By: Brian - Sat, 17 Jan 2009 21:13:01 +0000 Thomas – As Abhinav mentioned, Wubi won’t touch your Windows installation, so Hibernate will still work in Vista, just not in Ubuntu.

You won’t need to buy an external drive unless you’re really paranoid. As the article implies, Wubi is designed just for people like you, who don’t want to mess with disk partitioning or the risk of data loss. If it will make you feel better, I’ve not heard any horror stories of Wubi damaging anything. You could always back up some critical files on some online storage before you install. It’s a good idea in general.

As for install size, anywhere from 10-15 gigabytes should be more than enough for most uses. Yes, Wubi will install the latest version of Ubuntu.

Good luck!

By: Abhinav K Sat, 17 Jan 2009 16:53:35 +0000 1. Wubi will not affect your Windows installation, so you can use your Sleep mode. Wubi only adds a Bootloader entry to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk.

2. You will get the latest available stable version directly from | You don’t any external disk.

3. You need minimum 5 GB and you will be comfortable at 8 GB.

Application Familiarity

Windows App | Ubuntu App included by default

Web Browsers:
Internet Explorer/Firefox | Firefox

Office Suite:
MS Office | (Sun Microsystems)

Image Editor:
Photoshop | The GIMP

Music Player:
Windows Media Player | Rhythmbox

Personal Info Management and Mail:
MS Outlook | Evolution and few others

if want more, goto and ask for help

By: Thomas Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:15:53 +0000 Brian,

I have a question, when using the Install into Windows via Wubi it states that you will not be able to use the hibernation mode. Is this the case for the sleep mode also in vista, will it not work also? I am assuming that it would not I just want to know as I use the sleep mode a lot. I am not a tech savvy person by any means and would like to hear from you as to how I should proceed before I utilize wubi as a means of installing Ubuntu.

The other question I have is will I get the latest version of Ubuntu with all the terrific desktop features? I plan on first getting an external drive and save my data to it before I proceed, is this being to cautious or could I feel confident enough to proceed without doing this step as this will delay my install time until I can purchase an external drive. I would greatly appreciate your advice as to how to proceed. The first option seemed a little confusing to me and it is probably because I am not familiar with the term ISO.

Now as it goes with the familiarity with the programs I am fine on most if not all of them so that will not be an issue. Plus should I allow for extra space above and beyond the size of the default install file size as I have heard you can do? I can free up to 18gigs if needed.

Thank You for any information you can give me as I am Technically Handicapped.