Portable Ubuntu

I have been having a play with Portable Ubuntu for Windows. It’s a 450 MB download (nearly 2 GB once unzipped) that will run an Ubuntu environment on your Windows desktop either from your hard drive or from a USB drive. On the one hand it’s nice because it runs in the system tray and adds a launcher bar to your Windows desktop so your Ubuntu applications run alongside your native apps just like any other Windows app. It certainly has a more seamless feel to it over the full desktop-in-a-window, VM-style implementations. However, at nearly 2 GB with only a limited set of applications installed this is a bit of a fatboy installation in amongst a whole host of very slender portable Linux distros. It seems to run OK on Windows XP and Windows 7 but crashes the Windows 2008 Server which I use as a workstation.

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