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Portable Ubuntu For Windows


Portable Ubuntu for Windows: A Guide to Run Linux on Your PC




Do you want to try out Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions, without installing it on your computer? Do you want to have the best of both worlds, running Windows and Linux applications side by side? If yes, then you might be interested in Portable Ubuntu for Windows, a tool that lets you run Ubuntu as a Windows application.


In this article, we will explain what Portable Ubuntu for Windows is, how it works, and how you can use it to run Linux on your PC.


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What is Portable Ubuntu for Windows?




Portable Ubuntu for Windows is a tool that allows you to run a full-fledged Ubuntu system as a Windows application. This means that you can launch Ubuntu from a USB stick or a folder on your hard drive, and use it without affecting your Windows installation. You can also switch between Windows and Ubuntu applications seamlessly, as they share the same desktop and taskbar.


Portable Ubuntu for Windows is based on [CoLinux], a project that enables Linux to run alongside Windows. It also uses [Xming], a X server for Windows, and [PulseAudio], a sound server for Windows. These components allow Portable Ubuntu for Windows to provide a graphical user interface and sound support for Linux applications.


Portable Ubuntu for Windows is not an official product of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. It is a community project that was created in 2009 by [Liu Qishuai], a Chinese developer. The latest version of Portable Ubuntu for Windows is based on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, which was released in 2008. Therefore, it may not have the latest features and security updates of the current Ubuntu releases.


How to use Portable Ubuntu for Windows?




To use Portable Ubuntu for Windows, you need to download the tool from its [official website]. The tool is a self-extracting file that has a size of about 438 MB. You can extract it to any location on your hard drive or a USB stick. After extracting the files, you need to locate and double-click the file named run_portable_ubuntu.bat to run Ubuntu.


The first time you run Portable Ubuntu for Windows, it may take some time to initialize the system and configure the network settings. You will see a terminal window with some messages, followed by a graphical window with the Ubuntu desktop. You can use the terminal window to enter Linux commands, or use the graphical window to launch Linux applications from the menu or icons.


You can also access your Windows files and folders from Portable Ubuntu for Windows. They are mounted under the /mnt folder in Linux. For example, you can access your C: drive from /mnt/c in Linux. You can also copy, move, or delete files between Windows and Linux using the file manager or terminal.


To exit Portable Ubuntu for Windows, you can either click on the power icon on the top right corner of the desktop and choose Quit, or close the terminal window. This will shut down the Linux system and return you to Windows.


What are the benefits and limitations of Portable Ubuntu for Windows?




Portable Ubuntu for Windows has some benefits and limitations that you should be aware of before using it. Here are some of them:



  • Benefits:



  • You can try out Ubuntu without installing it on your computer or creating a dual-boot system.



  • You can run Linux applications alongside Windows applications without rebooting or switching systems.



  • You can use Portable Ubuntu for Windows on any computer that has Windows XP, Vista, or later versions installed.



  • You can carry Portable Ubuntu for Windows on a USB stick and use it on any compatible machine.



  • Limitations:



  • Portable Ubuntu for Windows is based on an old version of Ubuntu that may not have the latest features and security updates.



  • Portable Ubuntu for Windows may not support some hardware devices or drivers that are available in native Ubuntu installations.



  • Portable Ubuntu for Windows may have some performance issues or bugs due to the compatibility layer between Windows and Linux.



  • Portable Ubuntu for Windows may not be compatible with some antivirus or firewall software that may block its network access or processes.




Conclusion




Portable Ubuntu for Windows is a useful tool for anyone who wants to run Linux on their Windows PC without installing it or creating a dual-boot system. It allows you to run Ubuntu as a Windows application and switch between Windows and Linux applications seamlessly. However, it also has some limitations and drawbacks that you should consider before using it.


If you want to use a more updated and secure version of Ubuntu, you may want to install it on your computer or use a virtual machine instead. You can also check out other tools that allow you to run Linux on Windows, such as [WSL], [Cygwin], or [MobaXterm].


We hope this article has helped you learn more about Portable Ubuntu for Windows and how to use it. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.


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