When it comes to operating systems market, there are many available. Ubuntu, Linux, Chrome OS, StreamOS, Max OS X, SkyOS and many others come to mind. These are just ones that are fairly known to us. There are others, many others which are kinda overshadowed by the sheer dominance of Windows. I won’t say that these hidden or undiscovered operating systems are better than Windows or Ubuntu, but I will at least say, that these unknown things can be better, but just not popular enough.
Anyways.. the market is full of operating systems with fair share of their unique features. Among the few popular ones is Ubuntu. It’s an open source, freely distributed operating system, which is based upon Linux programming language. Ubuntu’s graphical user interface (GUI) is 3D-based, sleek and beautiful. The first time I tried it, I got the “Mac-feeling” (felt like it was Mac OS). Ubuntu, unlike Windows is free and equally competitive, but unfortunately, it doesn’t get much attention due to uber-dominance of Windows, which is 90%+ (!!!) of total market share. I hope you will like it. So here are 3 ways you can try Ubuntu.
Installing on Virtual Machine
Virtual machines, to introduce the concept, are virtual. They are not real (kinda). VMs, in computing, are emulation of a computer system with certain level of functionality. Virtual machines are used by software engineers and computer programmers to test their programs and scripts over a machine that exists virtually. Virtual machines are installed on computer and provide similar level of functionality that a computer with installed operating system does.
They are virtual. They are a computer within a real computer.
Since the machines in question are virtual, it is usually up to the user to define how or what its specifications should be. But as with most computing stuff, there are limits not to be crossed.
So how does this method of installing Ubuntu works? Well, you install Ubuntu OS on a virtual machine. This way, your existing or already installed operating system will remain completely separate and untouched. You will just install the software required to build or install virtual machine. Then.. you will install the Ubuntu just like you otherwise would. Nothing particularly different.
Installing like a Software with Wubi
The second way of installing Ubuntu OS with by means of downloading and installing a free utility called Wubi. It works just like a software (Office, Skype, etc.).
In a typical scenario, there are lots of complications involved when installing any operating system, right? So complicated that an average non-techie user would find it intimidating. There are tutorials available for sure that guide users step-by-step, but still terms like ‘burn an iso on CD/DV’, ‘media creation tool’, ‘booting’, etc. are just plain confusing to most, right?
Making space for an OS to be installed; You gotta resize partitions, shrink drives, create new, format others, etc. Other times, you gotta mess with BIOS to set a proper boot order. Errors, repairs and lots of restarts and bugs are the norm, right? A novice user looking to just install an OS will find it extremely hard, right?
That’s where Wubi rescues. Not entirely, though. It takes the pain out of installing Ubuntu. Unfortunately, Wubi installs Ubuntu OS only. So people hankering to install the new and shiny Windows 10, stay away from Wubi. Because it’s specifically for Ubuntu. Wubi works like any other program. It downloads and installs Windows itself. No messing with partitions, booting, repairing, downloading ISOs, etc. Just straight to the point. It does all for you, behind the scenes in a properly organized way.
Talking about how Wubi works, Wubi installs Ubuntu on a file in your current Windows. Once download and install is done with, restart the computer. When the computer starts now, you will be given choice to boot from the OS you like best. When you boot from Ubuntu, Ubuntu will work as if only Ubuntu were installed on the hard drive. If you boot from Windows, Windows will work just like it normally should without being alongside other OS. Last of all, if you tried Ubuntu and wish to say farewell to Ubuntu, you can uninstall the OS with a few clicks.
Install the dual-boot way
So far the methods we have discussed also let you keep the OS you already have, right? This is a good thing for people looking to only try Ubuntu or for those, who don’t want it permanently installed. Both operating systems work side by side in ways we’ve discussed so far, agree? Something that makes the list even more cheesy and valuable.
This method is almost the same. If you want to keep your existing OS installed and want to install Ubuntu alongside it, dual-boot configuration do the thing for you.
To do it, just place Ubuntu installer on your USB drive, CD or DVD.
Restart the computer. When it boots from Ubuntu, select Install Ubuntu, not Try Ubuntu. Let the installation process run and follow as prompted. Select to option to install Ubuntu alongside Windows. So you will be able to choose which one to boot from. Unlike with Wubi method, there’s no disk performance penalty because Ubuntu is being installed on its own partition. But as a downside, you won’t be able to just uninstall Ubuntu from Control Panel in case you want to uninstall it.