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Since 13.04, there is no Wubi, why was Wubi removed from the installation phase?

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Only just noticed this question (it was being referenced somewhere else). Wubi is still alive (and it's still included) (you're already linking to that but my answer was updated since). I don't neccessarily disagree with your answer, but it's wrong to say it's gone. –  Oli Jan 16 at 12:36
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The reason there is no Wubi Available since 13.04 is because of the following points:

  • Multiple bugs related to installations that were done with Wubi
  • Wubi has not been updated to support Windows 8
  • Users that have installed Ubuntu through Wubi have experience more bugs and performance issues compared to users that have install Ubuntu using the LiveCD / LiveUSB
  • Development has focused to Mobile (Ubuntu Phone), Server (Juju) and other areas.
  • The creation and usage of Wubi was done to help new users install Ubuntu in an easy manner but has become troublesome to maintain, debug and update. It has been highly recommended for new users to stick with the LiveCD / LiveUSB methods and avoid Wubi.
  • It is safer (Performance wise) to install Ubuntu through the Live methods than through Wubi
  • It actually gives a bad reputation to the real performance of Ubuntu if it is installed through Wubi instead of the Live method since the new user will think that the performance he/she feels is how Ubuntu performs.

For more information regarding Wubi and future Ubuntu versions please feel free to read the following links:

Meta - How do we currently handle Wubi questions for 13.04 and later?

Ubuntu Mailing List - Regarding Dropping Wubi

Wubi Famous Bugs - No Account Creation

Wubi Famous Bugs - Detection Problems

List of Wubi Bugs (300+ Bugs) - https://bugs.launchpad.net/wubi/+bugs

Some problems related to installing Ubuntu on a Windows 8 PC through Wubi - Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed Windows 8 (64-bit) System (UEFI Supported)

Performance between LiveCD / LiveUSB and Wubi -

So with all of this in mind, the recommended way of installing Ubuntu 13.04+ and saving the user from many problems associated with the installation of Ubuntu through Wubi is to actually use the LiveCD / LiveDVD / LiveUSB images. They will give the user an overall better performance, less issues than Wubi and will save the user from headaches.

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Basically it is more trouble then it is worth. –  Goddard Oct 17 '13 at 23:45
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