Ubuntu developers are hoping to redesign Wubi, the Ubuntu Windows Installer, for the Ubuntu 13.04 release in April.
Wubi allows for Ubuntu Linux to be installed on a Microsoft Windows host that you can then launch at boot-time but without having to re-partition the drive, etc. It's a nice concept, but the Ubuntu Wubi performance is slow
for I/O access.
Earlier this year it looked like Wubi might be dropped
, but now it seems developers instead will try to redesign the Windows installer for Ubuntu 13.04.
Plans that were discussed yesterday at UDS-R Copenhagen for Wubi include support for burning to a USB stick, integrated CD burning of Ubuntu, a visual refresh to the user-interface, and better uninstall support. There's also a "wish list item" of having Wubi be able to handle a full-disk encrypted Windows installation.