Okay, it was a nice ride for me with Linux Mint for about a year and a half. It was because i was sick of Ubuntu’s unity desktop and found some advantages of Linux Mint over Ubuntu.
I have windows as my default OS, but i love to try different things in different OSs. Often things broke in the OS and reinstalling was the easiest fix for me to save time. That made ubuntu’s wubi.exe or Mint’s Mint4win.exe my favourite thing. Besides not only wubi/mint4win made reinstalling easier, but also it was easy to reclaim the space used by linux with ease. I didn’t have to boot from a windows disk or USB to fix my boot after the temporary removal of linux. And many more…. the linux nazis will never understand the need/usefulness of wubi/mint4win.
They kept saying, wubi is bad, wubi is evil, it doesn’t support everything, bla bla bla. They eventually dropped support for Wubi from Ubuntu 13.04 and Mint4Win from Linux mint 16 Petra. Wubi.exe was no longer included in the Ubuntu 13.04 ISO and mint4win.exe was no longer included in the Linux Mint 16 and 17 ISO. That just broke my heart! They gave a very lame reason.
The mint4win Windows installer was not able to reliably handle the size of the ISO images. It was therefore removed and isn’t available in Linux Mint 16.
That was, sir, the most utter bullshit i have every heard. You want to say that, you can create a full OS, but can’t solve a simple problem of handling big sized ISO files by mint4win.exe? You guys definitely didn’t try hard enough, or may be you just didn’t care!
I couldn’t afford to take the hassle of creating a new partition, formatting it, burn the ISO or creating a bootable usb stick to install linux, and if something broke, i had to go back to windows, format the partition, boot from a windows DVD to fix the master boot record and remove GRUB, and then again, proceed with the steps of installing linux again. Sorry, but that’s too much work!
So, I kept using linux OSs installed with Wubi or Mint4win anyway, with workarounds and fixes whenever possible.
After a few days, i found out that, Wubi.exe is still available, not on the ISO DVDs, but on the ubuntu mirrors (http://releases.ubuntu.com/) all along at the very end of the list. All you have to do is go to the site and download the corresponding wubi.exe for your linux version. When i found that out, i made a post here about how to install ubuntu 13.04 as dual boot with Wubi.
After a few days, i switched to Linux mint 16. It wasn’t easy to install. First i had to install Linux Mint 15 olivia with Mint4win.exe because, that was the last version that provided mint4win. Then i had to follow the painful procedure of upgrading from linux mint 15 olivia to Linux mint 16 petra. It took around a hour and half with a 31 MBps wired connection. 😦
When i tried to upgrade to Linux mint 17 Qiana from a linux mint installation made with mint4win, it just broke down and wouldn’t boot anymore rather it dropped to initramfs prompt (busybox prompt). I have tried it at least 10 times since the release of mint 17 qiana, thinking that may be i did something wrong, may be that is my fault, but no luck. I tried every tutorial on the internet, spent hours and left no stones unturned, but there was no fix. It was definitely a problem, but nobody in the linux mint community cared enough to fix it.
I had no chice but just had to keep using the old version. It became worse, when the support for Linux mint 16 was ended in July 2014. I was receiving no updates as it was not an LTS release. I had to manually upgrade firefox, chrome, XBMC, Vlc, skype…you name it! It was painful. I kept using it anyhow.
Linux Mint was my default boot option for ages. But i needed some latest features of firefox so, sometimes i just restarted my laptop and switched to windows. This kept happening and my frequency of booting to linux mint was going down and one day few months ago, i made windows as my default boot option. I know it sounds ridiculous but it felts like leaving a girlfriend who just became old.
After Linux MInt 17.1 Rebecca was released only a few months after the release of mint 17 Qiana, I was excited! I thought, may be this is it! They may have fixed it finally. Now i can upgrade my Linux Mint (installed with mint4win) to the latest version and reunite! I am busy with studies, exams and shit, but this weekend, i finally managed to waste some time and effort on it. And you know what, it was the damn initramfs prompt again! I again visited linux mint forums and there were the same posts i have seen during my last visit. Nobody replied on that. The linux mint community community is not as active as Ubuntu community. I shouldn’t say anything like its dead or something, but just visit it at least once, and be the judge!
FUCK THIS SHIT! I am done baby!
I was looking for some other distro, Kali was my first choice and ArchLinux was my second. But none of them supported wubi or mint4win or anything similar.
Suddenly I discovered here that Ubuntu 13.04 was the only release that didn’t support WUBI.
So, it turned out that Wubi was there all along. And i was right about calling “wubi can’t handle big iso” is a total bullshit. To have a flavour of Linux mint, i thought i would install Ubuntu and remove unity and install Cinnamon. How cool would that be? There is no way i am using unity again. Again, though I should try something new. So, I decided to use Ubuntu Gnome 14.10.
But there was problem again. The wubi.exe released with Ubuntu 14.10 utopic is faulty. After rebooting the Ubuntu installer continued the installation, until it stopped with an error message: Failed to partition the selected disk with the detail This probably happened because are too many primary partitions in the partition table. It was confirmed as a bug in launchpad.
But I also found a fix! User hakuna_matata fixed wubi.exe and posted the modified wubi.exe in a dropbox folder. Details of his methods can be found here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2251986&s=11b49209d0f659540cc87069afc0e6cc&p=13162861#post13162861
Finally that worked like a charm, Hakuna Matata, it means no worries! You the man!!!
Hakuna Matata baby!