From standalone OS to a toy I feel that we taking a functional, well supported Linux distribution like Ubuntu and turning it into a toy to be marveled at by Windows users that are not able/willing to make the switch like the rest of us. Yes, the inside Windows portable option has some appeal, but in the end you are not really using Linux to its fullest in my opinion.
Portable Ubuntu for Windows as a gateway to standalone Linux
Despite my own struggles with the value of using something like Portable Ubuntu for Windows, the fact remains that it is most definitely piquing the curiosity of Windows users who have not been interested in trying desktop Linux previously.
Portable Ubuntu for Windows is putting newbies into an interesting position. Some of those using it will never go anywhere with Ubuntu, while others may decide to take the plunge in a more permanent sense as their comfort with Ubuntu grows.
Yet the following question remains: Will Ubuntu for Windows provide more long term Ubuntu users over time, or instead provide a false impression of what using Linux is actually like?
Speaking only for myself, I believe running Ubuntu within Windows is no substitute for going native and running desktop Linux installed as a standalone operating system on my own computers.
Does this mean that I am advocating not trying this portable Ubuntu option?
Not at all. I think that it's fine for those of you wanting to see what all of the Ubuntu Linux fuss is about. But when it comes time to really use this platform, you would do well to install Ubuntu onto a dedicated box. Or, as long as you understand how to do so properly, on a newly created partition.
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