Since most laptops come with preformed partitions and manufacturer recovery partition, Linux newbies like me, who are not full-time Linux users, but love its beauty & concept and want to enjoy it risk-free, find wubi as a life-saver. My question is to know if wubi will continue to be a safe and dependable way of installing and using Ubuntu, long-term.
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Wubi (Windows Based Ubuntu Installer) is just an alternative to users that want to install Ubuntu from Windows. It is one method of installing Ubuntu, there others being Ubuntu from a LiveCD, LiveUSB, Via Network, Via cloning and any other way of installing Ubuntu.
Wubi is not a standard but a way of installing Ubuntu. And from my experience is the last one I would recommend since installing any distro inside the windows partition limits a lot of stuff and from time to time Wubi has been known to create installing/booting problems for Ubuntu in comparison to the LiveCD/LiveUSB ways of installing it which are more safe and less prone to problems.
In the long run you will still be able to use Wubi to install Ubuntu.