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I have an OpenSuse Linux running on my work pc. I have no time to go offline and install Ubuntu. Ideally I want to mount ubuntu.iso, run Ubuntu Installer from bash, and then, at the evening, just reboot, select Ubuntu from grub, and decide whether i stay with it.

Is that possible?

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Yes, there is a procedure to install Ubuntu offline (without rebooting) from your current Linux system. I do not think, It is better to include all the details here.

You can check the exact procedure from Ubuntu Installation Guide

I have recently tried that and installed Kubuntu 12.04. It worked flawlessly.

It requires at least one reboot, to open your newly installed system. You can't switch from one OS to another without rebooting

Hope this will help.

Reference: Ubuntu Installation Guide

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thanks, that is exactly what i wanted –  retif Jun 22 '12 at 14:02
link no longer there –  Snap Mar 19 at 6:58
For 14.04, updated guide is here –  Anwar Shah Mar 19 at 10:46

You can use it virtual machines. You can install oracle virtual box on your OpenSUSE machine and then download a ubuntu iso (not then default one) but one that has the image of virtual machine. And now you are ready to rock and roll!

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No. You will have to reboot.

P.S: It takes less than 20 minutes to install.

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Just to make it more correct. You can actually use another linux image/OS on the fly, as such. Example, xhost, chroot etc. but it is more advanced, and obviously, it is not the exact same as being in the other OS full on, which indeed needs a reboot. Unless of course, one uses direct pass-through and launches it on top of the current on ,) –  Malina Salina Dec 8 '14 at 8:24

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