I am using Fedora 13, and it was my friend who did the installation for me. I have used Ubuntu also and I found it more easy to install than fedora. Ubuntu uses a WUBI installer (if I am correct) and its more easy for the users to install and remove Ubuntu. For a person who knows how to install and remove an application in Windows, can they install/remove Ubuntu also.

Why is it that its not the same with Fedora. Are there any steps being taken for making it more user-friendly.

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    Ubuntu doesn't only have a wubi installer; there are other ways of installing it too. In fact, using the wubi installer ends up installing Ubuntu to an existing Windows partition. That way you are stuck with the inferior filesystems like FAT-32, rather than making full use of something like EXT4. This may be "easier", but it's technically inferior. Even if I were using Ubuntu I wouldn't use the Wubi installer.
    – frabjous
    Sep 7, 2010 at 20:37
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    I down-voted this becuase I think it is too argumentative. For instance, I find that the Fedora installer is much easier to use than the Ubuntu installer depending on your needs. I often use LVM (a way to manage disk space that can abstract from individual disks), which the standard Ubuntu installer doesn't even support and is very user-unfriendly in the alternate installer.
    – Steven D
    Sep 7, 2010 at 21:51
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    @Steven D: Note the OP's "(if I am correct)". It isn't argumentative, it is admittedly ignorant of the alternatives, which is why we're here, to patch our collective ignorances. That oughtn't be penalized (but thanks for explaining why).
    – msw
    Sep 7, 2010 at 22:15
  • Good point. Down vote removed. Edit: Gah! For some reason it won't allow me to remove my down vote.
    – Steven D
    Sep 7, 2010 at 22:16
  • I added the tag "boot" which may unlock the downvote, but I wouldn't worry about it much.
    – msw
    Sep 7, 2010 at 22:22

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Most of the significant (including Fedora and Ubuntu) distributions prefer to install from a boot cd-rom or usb-stick these days. Windows need not part of the process at all.

Wubi is a windows application that can run Linux from a Windows file pretending to be a boot disk. Its purpose is to be have zero-impact on the Windows system:

You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

The Fedora LiveCD and Ubuntu LiveCD and even the tiny DSL LiveCD are the simplest installation methods.


Ubuntu install will be basically boot from live cd/usb stick, click through some GUI screens and you are done.

Only thing to mind is the partitioning which if you want a clean install without dual booting or dual boot with windows is trivial. (If you already have windows installed.)

In fact, I just did a f13 install the other day and it was eerily similar to ubuntu installs.

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