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3 methods to test Linux Ubuntu

The advantage of a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu is that it offers the end user multiple ways to test the system without endangering the system — usually Windows. 3 methods have been identified to get an idea for themselves, classified from the simplest to the most complex.

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#1 — Use Live CD

A Live CD is a disc from which Ubuntu will start and run. The main drawback is the slowness caused by the use of the disk drive — not the hard drive in normal time. That said, it is undoubtedly the easiest way to immerse yourself in the Linux world.

Live CD Ubuntu (666.6) MiB, 2,330 downloads)

Simply insert a CD version of Ubuntu into your disk drive, restart the computer and wait a few minutes. Welcome to Ubuntu!

Need to know how to burn your Live CD? Follow the tutorial Engrave an ISO image with Nero Express.

#2 — Installation as a Windows application via Wubi

Again, there is no major difficulty in the method. Like any other Windows application, you will be able to install Ubuntu by following a quick wizard. The advantage is that you can uninstall Linux at any time via the Add/Delete Programs menu.

Once installed, Windows and Ubuntu will be set to dual-boot, i.e. you will now have the choice between starting a Microsoft or Ubuntu system. Everything is therefore fully automated for our greatest happiness: the world of Linux is just one click away!

Install Ubuntu as a Windows application (Wubi)

#3 — Virtualisation with VirtualBox under Vista

Advanced users this method is for you!

Virtualising an operating system is an increasingly common operation that has many advantages. This makes it very easy to emulate a Linux system with this excellent program that is VirtualBox. An effective way to easily test hazardous handling without taking any risk. Curious about such a principle? Follow the guide with a bonus video!

Virtualise an operating system with VirtualBox under Vista

You now have no excuse for not testing Ubuntu! And if you know a fourth test method, write us through the comments.


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  • Axiol

    “3 Methods to Test Linux” All Courses But if not, if I'm not mistaken, with VMWare Fusion, it has a way to “simulate” a dual-boot from a virtual machine.

  • Diette Pascal

    The fourth method: install ubuntu on a usb key (persistent or non-persistent mode).
    Ubuntu has its tool: creator of Startup usb.
    Persistent mode keeps changes made to the OS. In non-persistent mode, you have the same thing as live cd but faster since on CD.
    Ubuntu on usb key also allows you to install ubuntu in “hard” with the ubiquity installation tool.
    The computer must be able to boot on a usb key (otherwise you have to make a boot CD)

  • The live CD is good but slow due to the support. The coolest system to test Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro) remains the Bootable USB stick because as you work in flash memory, the system is faster (no CD rotation with search at any location).
    The bootable key has a very big second advantage, is that it is in persistent mode; let me explain: all the settings and settings you will make will save on this key so if you use it on different PCs, you won't have to redo your Firefox bookmarks or recreate your email accounts.
    Finally, if you want to permanently install the selected Linux distribution, you can install it on your hard drive from this famous key (tested under Ubuntu).
    To create a bootable key, several solutions under Ubuntu (and even Windows...) =>



  • The live cd is probably the simplest method to test the distrib, of course it remains more limited than a properly installed system, but it already allows you to get a good idea of what the system is!

    after Wibu is actually also a good solution, on the other hand there is no uninstall?

  • @teleassistance : if you talk about uninstalling wubi as a classic program, then there is a “uninstaller”.

    I admit that on my side I was very perplexed at the exit of wubi, really wondering if it was a good idea or if it would not simply induce a few people to install a linux a little “malclean” on a partoche windows (with all the possible risks if the partition encounters any problem).

    After that I found this very convenient not to frighten users. A fast installation without using big words like “formatting”, “partition” etc... and we leave all the power of a complete installation to test for a neophyte, rather than renfrogating it with the slowness of a live cd!
    Once convinced, we help him to make a nice installation by moving from wubi to a real score it goes of course

  • @Mealin: No, I was talking about a installer allowing the total installation of the ubuntu OS

    on the other hand, when reading your message, I realise that I did not understand the method of installation wubi: does this not install the bone of the same way only with an install cd?

    I vaguely remember having installed a ubuntu by this method (and again it was in beta from beta at the time) and that I had been asked about the same information as during a normal installation, but more accessible (I was asked how much space allocated to linux, and not the size and type of partition, with swap etc...)

  • @Diette Pascal & Clapico : the idea of the USB stick hadn't come to my mind. On the other hand, is it also possible with a flash card like SD? USB sticks have never been very fast...

    @teleassistance & Mealin : Wubi offers the big advantage of managing everything through Windows. No need to worry about dual-boot, partitioning or how to remove it. Everything works like an application — so yes Ubuntu is completely uninstalled (see tutorial).

    Another big advantage I've discovered lately: reformater Windows does not remove Ubuntu! I was very surprised, but I was using Wubi.

  • @Maigret: Reformater Windows does not delete Ubuntu Oo' so I confess not to understand... yet when I had installed via Wubi for testing purposes I don't remember seeing the creation of a partition allocated to ubuntu... I have to be wrong because I don't see how to explain it otherwise! If anyone can tell me I'm taking it.

  • @Mealin : I admit I don't understand either. I had a PC under Seven RC with Ubuntu via Wubi. I reformate the system partition, in this case Seven — which therefore contains Ubuntu, and when I restart the dual-boot is still present — until then normal.

    On the other hand, when I launched Ubuntu, bingo worked.

    Anyway, there must be something I didn't think about. Theoretically, it’s impossible!

  • Tomy

    There is now a new and safe way, “fair” is a script developed by a group of friends, and allows to make a backup of the bilou MBR.

    This way if the person for various reason wants to delete Linux it is enough to restart the process that puts the MBR on the Win partition and by the disk manager delete you Linux safely.

    More info and tutorial on