how does ubuntu work?

Asked by Joker on 2008-07-22

If i download ubuntu and install it, what happens then? is it an OS or just a program which i run from my desktop? Im still a bit confused.. im running vista ultimate 64 bit atm, when i install ubuntu will it dual boot or will it just be executable from my desktop on vista?

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Tony Mugan (tmugan) said : #1

It is an OS not an application.

If you have installed it inside Vista (using "Wubi"), it *looks* like an application install but it actually modifies the Windows c:\boot.ini to load from a .mbr file in your C: root on the NTFS partition.
It then runs inside a dedicated reserved space within your windows partition but runs separately from Windows.

The Windows files are accessible through the \host folder in Ubuntu.

Hope this helps clarify.

Joker (captain-yesterday08) said : #2

so can i dual boot it? do i have an option to start vista ultimate or ubuntu upon startup?

Rafik Ouerchefani (rafik) said : #3

Yes, you do.
You will have the choice between Vista and Ubuntu when you (re)start your computer.

Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said : #4

Yes, no problem - it's possible to have two operating systems on one computer. many people have a dualboot (Windows and Ubuntu).

More info:
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