Winebelow) would still be available.
C:\ubuntu\disks\root.diskin the regular NTFS file system. This is the only real restriction — you must have some spare space on your C: or D: or whatever drive; at least 5 GB is needed, but 10 or 20 GB is better. (The other restriction which might hit old hardware is that the installation instructions I’m passing out require a DVD drive. It is possible to do it without a DVD or even CD (e.g., copying files from a USB stick, or downloading everything from the KDE site), but things are slightly trickier.)
You may also see an Ubuntu version referred to by its name, which is a combination of Adjective + OddAnimal. For instance, 12.04 is also known as Precise Pangolin. That was followed by Quantal Quetzal, (12.10), Raring Ringtail (13.04), and 13.10 is Saucy Salamander. The upcoming LTS version, 14.04, will be Trusty Tahr. (As everyone knows, a tahr is an Asian mountain goat.) Nobody knows what will happen after they hit Zany Zombie or whatever.
Accordingly, tonight we will be installing Kubuntu 12.04 inside a “stock” Windows installation. (I would have liked to show this using XP, but I don’t have one handy, so I’ll actually use Win7. The process does not depend on version — it works with XP, Vista, Win7, or Win8 (aka Vista II).
Full disclosure: This machine is the one I use for my Linux SIG meetings, so it actually already has the factory-installed Win7 plus a Kubuntu 13.10 partition, with dual boot. This demo will install a second Kubuntu (12.04) inside Windows. The only way this will be obvious is that on this machine there will be a “dual dual boot” —a choice between Linux 13.10 or Windows 7, and if Windows is chosen, a second choice between Win7 and the LTS installation of Kubuntu. If Windows is the only system currently installed on your machine, you will go directly to the Windows boot choice, so please ignore the extra step you’re gonna see.
ktemp) anywhere convenient.
wubi.exeto the temp directory.
.alias, as well as a folder called
bin. Once you’re in Linux, start the file manager (
Dolphin) and copy the files and the directory to your home directory,
/home/mynameor whatever. This is optional, but it makes things nicer if you ever do use the command line. Files that begin with a dot are invisible by default in Linux; within Dolphin, select Control-->Show Hidden Files so you can see and select them. (The Control icon might be an image of a wrench.)
ktempfolder and its contents.
The default KDE graphical package manager is called
found at Applications-->System-->muon in the
“K” menu in the lower left corner.
muon, and I strongly recommend that one of your first actions with it is to download and install a (IMHO) better one called
Synaptic. Try them both; your mileage may vary.
The purpose of the Linux Beginners SIG is, not surprisingly, to help Linux newbies. Accordingly, the upcoming meeting (a week from today, Feb 11, will be devoted to Wubi installations. Bring your computer, display, keyboard, and mouse —we’ll guarantee a successful installation. The meeting is at my house, 8109 Greenslope Drive. Come any time after 6 PM. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available.