Poor WUBI – things just continue to look bleaker for the once-innovative installer.
A week or so after being thrown off of the default Ubuntu 13.04 disc image the Ubuntu website is now also warning users not to use WUBI to try Ubuntu 12.10.
When clicking the ”Install from Windows’ link on the Ubuntu download page the following banner appears, advising against using the WUBI tool with Windows 8 or UEFI hardware.
Instead, Ubuntu recommends installing Ubuntu 12.10 64bit on its own dedicated partition – a task that is made easy with Ubuntu’s installer, but not entirely without risk.
WUBI Warning on Ubuntu Website
The warning appears following reports of stability and potential data-loss encountered by WUBI users on Windows 8.
Canonical’s Robert Bruce Park recently said of WUBI:
“[It] needs to die a quick and painless death so we can get on with providing positive experiences to new users of Ubuntu.”
You can see the new WUBI warning in all its lemon-coloured glory for yourself by hitting the link below.
Ubuntu WUBI Page
Via Jonathan Almeida
Ubuntu Website Warns Windows 8 Users: Don’t Use WUBI OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.
WUBI, the Windows-side installer for Ubuntu, is likely to be dropped from Ubuntu 13.04.
In a message to the Ubuntu Devel Mailing list, Canonical’s Steve Langasek states that the Ubuntu Foundations team ‘…does not expect Wubi to be in a releasable state for 13.04.’
Adding that the tool ‘…is not currently in very good shape for a release.’
The tool allows Windows users the ability to safely install Ubuntu without the need to partition their hard-drive. It was introduced into Ubuntu images by default during the 8.04 release.
As well as safe-guarding users’ data and saving them from ‘Did I wipe Windows?‘ panic, WUBI allowed for Ubuntu to be easily uninstalled using the ‘Add/Remove Programs’ section of the Windows Control Panel.
But the introduction of Windows 8, combined with a lack of general development on the utility, means that Ubuntu now consider the user-friendly tool a millstone around their necks.
This is not the first time that WUBI’s fate has been up in the air, however. During the Ubuntu 12.04 development cycle it was considered for removal from the Ubuntu CD. It ultimately saw a reprieve.
Have you ever used WUBI? Did you like it? How should Windows users now go about trying Ubuntu? Comments, as ever, are welcome below.