The idea: install and uninstall Ubuntu just like a program on Windows.
While this might sound like a strange or unattractive idea, I was truly seduced after a short look. The reason it is so interesting is that it requires no partitioning by the user. I could rapidly tell by the conference of RenÃ© Dittmann and a brief look at the website that these are people who have an excellent understanding of what Windows users want, namely:
1. Ubuntu as a dual-boot, keeping Windows behind for a few months at least
2. No partitioning. This is crucial: they don't want to mess around with partitions and this is often a blocker (it was also my biggest concern when I made the switch)
The advantage over the live CD is that it's a full install, therefore running at full-speed and with file-saving enabled.
I have seen a demo live, on a medium-power machine, and it was very nice. The app asks only two questions, then re-boots and installs a dual-boot of Ubuntu without a single dialog. The install takes a long time (it was hard to judge though); the Windows partition is mounted automatically. Upon re-boot the Grub simply shows "Windows" (default) and "Ubuntu".
The killer-feature is the un-install. It can be done from either the Windows so-called "add/remove" or a simple wubi-uninstall.exe double-click. It takes ten seconds. No re/de-partitionning to do, nothing: Windows just as before.
- it's still beta. I don't know what bugs need to be solved
- it doesn't work with Gutsy yet
- it requires de-fragmenting before use, but does not warn (yet) if this is not done
- it allows writing to Win NTFS partitions, which is quite dangerous.
As you can tell I am highly enthusiastic about the project. I think it really is what Win users are looking for and believe there is a lot of people we could be throwing at Wubi. It would fit well with GGL in my opinion.
Since we are busy on other projects right now, and that Gusty is not supported by Wubi yet, I think we could wait another month before we do something. But afterwards I would be ready to adapt GGL, especially the "try or install" page accordingly.
What are your opinions?