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I'm a new Linux user. I bought 1 month ago a 64x Laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed.

Using UnetBootin I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and completely removed Windows 8.

Now, the new Ubuntu version is a bit too heavy for my slow laptop, I therefor decided to try Bodhi or Fedora. Like I did for installing Ubuntu, I downloaded UnetBootin for Linux, and the Bodhi image. I thought I could simply run UnetBootin and follow the same steps as I did on Windows, and then install Bodhi...

But as I double click the downloaded UnetBootin executable ["unetbootin-linux-583"] it gives me the following error:

Could not display "/home/laptop/Desktop/unetbootin-linux-583".
There is no application installed for executable files.
Do you want to search for an application to open this file?

I searched before about the error, and found several times the tip to change the Allow executing file as a program in the properties. I tried, and now if I double click, nothing happens at all.

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Is this a question about ubuntu or about bodhi? If it is about bodhi then it is off-topic. –  don.joey Feb 12 '13 at 13:36
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@Private, he's trying to run unetbootin on Ubuntu. It's not off-topic. –  Eric Carvalho Feb 12 '13 at 13:54
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try opening a terminal window and type ./home/PATH/TO/EXECUTABLE. You can also try to make the bootable usb drive with ' start-up disk creator' it's already installed in ubuntu –  Daniel Feb 12 '13 at 13:59
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Open the teminal, drag the the executable file into it and press enter –  Tachyons Feb 12 '13 at 14:26
    
@EricCarvalho OK –  don.joey Feb 12 '13 at 14:46
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You have probably forgotten to make the unetbootin file executable.

Right click on unetbootin-linux-583, click on Properties, choose the tab Permissions. Check the small square Allow executing file as program.

Now double click unetbootin-linux-583 and fill in your password.

You can also do it through the command line. Open a Terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and type:

cd /path/to/unetbootin
chmod +x unetbootin-linux-583
./unetbootin-linux-583

Finally, fill in your password.

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Go in the software center and download wine. Then, download the windows version of unetbooting and run it with wine! Profit!

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While this may work, it is more or less a workaround (and a pretty hacky one at that), rather than a solution. And a more in-depth answer on how to do this - seeing how bare wine is not exactly user-friendly - might be in order. –  FEichinger Feb 12 '13 at 14:22
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Ok all right, thank to You all! I tried what You suggested: @Daniel I finally used "startup disk creator" - that worked out fine! @Tachyons nothing happened... the same when I used the @jeroen suggested. Even if I managed it to install Bodhi, I tried using Wine, as @AnAwesomeMiner said: UnetBootin launched as expected! Thank You again!

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