Newbies What Next ? News Forums Calendar


News Sections
General News (3987/0)
Reviews (637/0)
Press Releases (465/0)
Distributions (197/0)
Software (915/0)
Hardware (537/0)
Security (192/0)
Tutorials (356/0)
Off Topic (181/0)

User Functions


Don't have an account yet? Sign up as a New User

There are no upcoming events

Portable Ubuntu for Windows

Portable Ubuntu for Windows

Portable Ubuntu for Windows is a complete Ubuntu distribution which runs as a Windows application.

The system is built using the coLinux kernel, Xming X server and Pulseadio server, all conveniently packaged into a single executable. This application provides the functionality of Ubuntu out of the box right on your Windows desktop. Although it does not provide every scrap of functionality that a regular Ubuntu distribution provides, it offers a user a great way to try out Linux software and yet at the same time retain the familiar trappings of Windows.

Of particulary note is the fact that Portable Ubuntu is incredible easy to install. There is no messing about with having to tweak the system to get it running under Windows; you literally run the .exe download and the software is installed in exactly the same way as a regular Windows application. Anyone can try out Linux with no fuss, no bother.

Starting up Portable Ubuntu presents the user with the following dock. This is displayed in the top centre of the Windows desktop, but doesn't replace the Windows Start button or the taskbar.

The dock allows the user to run the Linux applications, navigate using a file manager, install additional software, and much more. Whilst the user misses out on the full Linux desktop experience and all that the Linux desktop environments (such as GNOME or KDE) provide, a user running Portable Ubuntu can pretty much do what a user running a 'regular' Linux version of Ubuntu can. It does not give a true experience of Linux in some fields though. For example, graphically intensive applications such as video are not optimised.

To give you a flavour of Portable Ubuntu in operation check out the following screenshots, which show a variety of Linux and Windows applications running on a single desktop simulatenously. In the first one, we have three Linux applications running: Rythmbox (an integrated music management application), Brasero (CD/DVD burner) and Stellarium (planetarium software), together with Media Player Classic and Google Chrome, the latter two being native Windows software.

Portable Ubuntu is strongly recommended to Windows users who want to try Ubuntu without making any permanent changes to their system.

 Portable Ubuntu

Free to download



Claudio Cesar Sanchez Tejeda


Support Sites:

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Incredibly easy to install
  • Changes made to the system are permanent
  • Can run from a hard disk, or removable drive
  • Works well on multiple screens
  • Seamlessly run Linux applications right on a Windows desktop
  • Low memory footprint; less than 50MB is taken by the application itself (of course, the Linux applications take memory)
  • Works on Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Seven
Next Page: Cooperative Linux

Read ahead:

Last Updated Sunday, March 17 2013 @ 04:55 PM EST

We have written a range of guides highlighting excellent free books for popular programming languages. Check out the following guides: C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, HTML, Python, Ruby, Perl, Haskell, PHP, Lisp, R, Prolog, Scala, Scheme, Forth, SQL, Node.js (new), Fortran (new), Erlang (new), Pascal (new), and Ada (new).

Group Tests
100 Essential Apps
All Group Tests

Top Free Software
5 Office Suites
3 Lean Desktops
7 Document Processors
4 Distraction Free Tools
9 Project Management
4 Business Solutions
9 Groupware Apps
14 File Managers
10 Databases
21 Backup Tools
21 Productivity Tools
5 Note Taking Apps
9 Terminal Emulators
21 Financial Tools
5 Bitcoin Clients
21 Text Editors
21 Video Emulators
21 Home Emulators
42 Graphics Apps
6 CAD Apps
42 Scientific Apps
10 Web Browsers
42 Email Apps
12 Instant Messaging
10 IRC Clients
7 Twitter Clients
12 News Aggregators
11 VoIP Apps
42 Best Games
9 Steam Games
42 Audio Apps
5 Music Streaming
42 Video Apps
5 YouTube Tools
80 Security Apps
9 System Monitoring
8 Geometry Apps
Free Console Apps
14 Multimedia
4 Audio Grabbers
9 Internet Apps
3 HTTP Clients
5 File Managers
8 Compilers
9 IDEs
9 Debuggers
7 Revision Control Apps
6 Doc Generators
Free Web Software
21 Web CMS
14 Wiki Engines
8 Blog Apps
6 eCommerce Apps
5 Human Resource Apps
10 ERP
10 CRM
6 Data Warehouse Apps
8 Business Intelligence
6 Point-of-Sale

Other Articles
Migrating from Windows
Back up your data
20 Free Linux Books
24 Beginner Books
12 Shell Scripting Books

Older Stories
Saturday 05/16
  • 9 First Steps with Ubuntu 15.04 (0)
  • Excellent Console Log File Analyzers (0)

  • Monday 05/04
  • 100 Essential Free Apps (0)

  • Saturday 04/25
  • What are good command line HTTP clients? (0)

  • Sunday 04/12
  • First Peek at XBian on the Raspberry Pi 2 (0)

  • Saturday 04/04
  • First Look at OSMC RC on the Raspberry Pi 2 (0)

  • Sunday 03/29
  • First Steps with OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi 2 (0)
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 for Raspberry Pi 2 (0)

  • Monday 03/16
  • MIPS Creator CI20 v Raspberry Pi 2 (0)
  • Raspberry Pi 2: Raspbian (ARMv6) v Linaro (ARMv7) (0)

  • Vote

    What Linux distribution do you run on your main computer?

    981 votes | 3 comments

    Built with GeekLog and phpBB
    Comments to the webmaster are welcome
    Copyright 2009 - All rights reserved