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An easy way to learn Ubuntu

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This article is intended for those who want to safely install Ubuntu or any other distribution of this family of systems for the sake of interest or to expand their knowledge in the area of working with Linux-systems. I understand that most of the people in Hubra are experienced users / administrators / programmers, but still I hope that this article will be helpful for those who do not have all this knowledge, but really want to get it 🙂
Some time ago I wanted to know more about Ubuntu family, but I was too lazy to make partitioning of hard drives etc. just for fun. After installing in a virtual machine and a small review of the system I wanted to install it as a second one, but I still did not want to waste time on disk partitioning.
Wandering around the Internet for a while I came across wubi This simple utility is made just for those who want to try Ubuntu in a full and safe way. Why safely? Because it allows you to install the system without affecting the existing partition structure of the hard disk. This means you do not have to worry about accidentally, by mistake or inexperience, losing your data when you repartition the hard drive. During installation wubi creates a file of the size you allocated as the partition where the system will be installed. The wubi boot loader will then mount this as a full disk and everything will boot from it. You can safely install Ubuntu and do whatever you want with it. When you get tired of it, you can just go to "Install / uninstall programs" in the Windows control panel and uninstall it.
Installing this way we get a fully working system. The only limitation I noticed is that it does not see the directory structure of the partition it is installed on. That is, if you put it on, say, the C drive, under Ubuntu you won’t be able to see it. The other disks will be accessible. There is also a small decrease in performance of the file system because the OS is working with a file on NTFS instead of the disk. Even though it doesn’t know about it 🙂
Once you run wubi, you can choose which Ubuntu family you want to install. After selecting all the necessary options, wubi downloads the installation image from the official website (if you already have one, just put it in the same directory where wubi is), creates a partition file and adds a new item to the OS boot menu, which will load Ubuntu by selecting it. By the way, wubi only allows you to install desktop versions of *buntu. Server versions are not supported, neither is netbook-remix.
Now a little bit about the problems. When trying to install the Russian version of Ubuntu at once I ran into a funny bug. Also under Windows wubi gives an error and crashes. When installing the English and Ukrainian version (other versions have not tried), all is well. On some computers also refuses to install to the system partition (drive C as a rule) for some reason. It just freezes when creating a partition file. After restarting wubi and selecting a different partition to install, the problem disappears. As for installing Ubuntu itself after wubi has done all the necessary steps, I had no problems with it.
That’s pretty much it. For what it’s worth I would say that this is a great way to get to know Linux itself.

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