How to run Linux on Windows machine.

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Only a few has anticipated  the growth of Linux a few years back. Today Linux has become the most secure operating system. Since Linux is open source many technology giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter etc rely on it .

Linux is so popular that even Microsoft has embraced it for its cloud platform. No one has ever expected of this in the past. Today Linux can run on a Windows machine without disturbing it .

Here are some cool ways on how to use Linux on Windows

Online Ubuntu tour:

Ubuntu is one of the popular Linux distro. Taking online Ubuntu tour is one of the easiest ways to let your hands on Linux. Canonical the team behind Ubuntu offers a web application which simulates Ubuntu desktop environment  in your web browser.

Just type http://tour.ubuntu.com/en/ in your browser or click here to explore Ubuntu desktop .

Linux CLI (command line interface) on a web browser:

If you are an expert or had some experience with Linux commands. You can use Linux in its original form using command line interface (CLI) inside any latest web browsers. Just head over to http://bellard.org/jsLinux/index.html or click here and start using Linux CLI.

This technique involves the use of JavaScript based emulator which runs inside the web browser and lets you surf various Linux commands

Using windows -installers (.exe)software:

The earlier options allows you to experience Linux without  actually installing it on your machine. So now lets try installing Linux. You can easily install Linux on your windows machine, just as you install any other software  you install on windows.

This can be possible with WUBI. WUBI is a Windows based Ubuntu Installer, a small utility that helps you install Ubuntu inside windows using Installer. Here is a guide to install Ubuntu using WUBI.

  • Download the WUBI utility from here and the install it.
  • Start the WUBI utility and in the installation directory, select the Ubuntu flavor to install it from the drop down menu.
  • Click on install to continue.
  • This will proceed with the regular Ubuntu installation process and once done it will prompt you to reboot.
  • After reboot you can switch between Windows and Ubuntu in the Boot manager.Boot screen
  • Opt for Ubuntu to check its features.

Note: WUBI doesn’t require separate partition. It creates a separate file as the Ubuntu drive.

Using Linux with Live CD/DVD:

A Live CD/DVD contains a bootable OS, the core program of any computer. which is designed to run all your other programs and your hardware and software.

Live CD/DVD’s have the ability to run a complete modern OS on a computer even without secondary storage, such as hard disk. It directly runs the OS and other applications from DVD drive itself, and helps you to try the OS without installing it.

A live CD/DVD help you taste the real flavor of Linux by moving from the windows environment without affecting/disturbing it.

Here is a guide on how to create and use live CD/DVD .

  • First of all download the desired Linux distro live CD image from any repositories like..
  • When the boot is complete, you will see that you have booted into Linux.

The only setback of Live CD is that, everything is temporary and starts from scratch with the next boot.

Using a pen drive:

If you ask the question “How  can I try Linux if my system doesn’t  have a disk drive” .

Then here is the answer “why not try using a USB stick/pen drive”.  Yes you can boot Linux from a pen drive too.

Any regular USB stick can come in handy to install Live Linux distro.This technique requires a pen drive with a minimum capacity of 2GB.

Once you decide with the Linux flavor, Follow the below procedure :

  • Install utilities like:

Universal USB installer (or)

UNetbootin (or)

Linux Live USB Creator.

  • Plug in your USB drive into one of your USB ports.
  • Now follow a couple of very easy self-explanatory steps that guide you through the process of creating a Linux bootable pen drive. These steps vary according to the utility you have chosen.
  • Once finished, it will create a Linux bootable USB flash drive ready.
  • Configure your BIOS to boot from USB and reboot to run Linux from USB.

The added benefit with this technique is that you can store some data on the drive . Also it gives you a flexibility of using Mobile OS, ready to use anywhere. Just plug n Play.

Note: This process will format your entire pen drive. So backup your data.

Using Virtual Machines:

Virtual Machines allow you to run Linux on top of Windows. It also facilitates to try multiple full fledged Linux distros. The only Limitation  to the number of Linux distros, is your system’s Hardware resources

VMs completely isolate all Linux versions from the host Windows system. There are many VMs in windows and VirtualBox is one among them, which is free and open source. Download it from here and experience running multiple Linux distros simultaneously.

This is how you can experience Linux on Windows. For more Linux How To’s stay tuned CuriousPost.

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Ganesh Venigalla

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3 Responses

  1. CMD says:

    WUBI isn’t recommended at all, i don’t think it is even developed anymore.

  2. Graham says:

    Wubi does not work with UEFI

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