This is a continuation from my post of running Android on my AMD decTOP machine.
Of all Linux distribution that I tried, I found out that only Puppy Linux offered a usable GUI desktop environment on a plain vanilla AMD decTOP out of the box, but that is not without some effort on the installer side.
On the other hand, it is very easy to get Windows XP running on a plain vanilla AMD decTOP, without additional hardware upgrades. Here is my prove.
It seems Windows XP is more tolerant to low end desktops (or in this case, decTOP) than Linux operating system for fully GUI environment. Are we getting bloated?
AMD decTOP specs
RAM: 128MB RAM DDR2
HDD: 10GB IDE
Processor: AMD Geode GX 500, 366 MHz clock rate
Though Wubi is only officially supported on Ubuntu Hardy Heron onwards (8.04), there is a trick exist which enables you to install Ubuntu 7.10 on Windows using a discontinued binary released by Wubi Installer project.
Read more at : Unofficial-Unsupported Tricks: Installing Ubuntu 7.10 Using Wubi though i couldnt find any reason to install 7.10, it is nice to know it could be done.
Wubi is an application which simplifies Ubuntu Linux installation on Windows partition. To Windows users, Wubi eliminates the hassle of having to repartition hard disk which carry the risk of loosing precious data.
Wubi does this by using a loopback device, creating a large file on a Windows partition and installing Ubuntu inside it. The best thing about Wubi is, it does not use virtual machine or any type of emulation. Thanks to Wubi, Ubuntu can be booted natively using Microsoft Windows boot loader.
When you are done experimenting with Ubuntu (who does?), or need to reclaim the hard disk space back, you can choose the uninstall button from the Windows Start Menu and everything will be removed, just as simple as that.
Wubi is one of the few application that made me wish that I have a Windows machine because I’m dying to try it out!
Wubi will be included with the upcoming Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) release, due in late April 2008.
Credits to fenris the 1337 pencacai for his original research on Wubi.
Visit Wubi official website here : http://wubi-installer.org/