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What is mint4win

Postby linuxguy1083 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:40 pm

I know mint4win is windows app of linux mint if im wrong can someone point it out thx
Can someone basically tell me what it is and do i need to make a dvd or something im a noob so yeah :D bye.
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby karlchen on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:12 am

Hello, linuxguy1083.

mint4win is the Mint version of Wubi. Please, read Psychocat's explanation on what Wubi is and how it works: Installing a dual-boot with Windows without partitioning.
Official Ubuntu Wubi Guide

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Re: What is mint4win

Postby W2BLC on Wed May 28, 2014 5:27 pm

This is all very interesting, however after reading many of the following posts I have gathered mint4win is no longer available. Too bad, this would have answered many of my assorted application problems.

Notice the stale dates of the posts to this forum.

Any later info out there?

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Re: What is mint4win

Postby karlchen on Wed May 28, 2014 6:37 pm

W2BLC wrote:mint4win is no longer available.
We will see. Ubuntu 14.04 brings along Wubi. - It seems to be a known limitation that Wubi can only be used on machines the harddisks of which use good old MBRs. - Just for the fun of it, I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 x64 Trusty Tahr on a Windows 7 machine through Wubi.

Too bad, this would have answered many of my assorted application problems.
Hm, I admit that I fail to see the relation. Linux Mint installed on a dedicated disk partition and Linux Mint installed in a root.disk container file by Mint4win will run the same applications in the same way.

Mint4win were invented for new Linux Mint users who did not dare repartition their NTFS disk partitions in order to free up unused harddisk space where Linux Mint could be installed.

Notice the stale dates of the posts to this forum.
Again I fail to understand what you are talking about. Care to explain?
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby W2BLC on Wed May 28, 2014 7:17 pm

stale dates - the dates of the postings regarding this topic all seem quite old - not exactly a new and hot topic.
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby W2BLC on Wed May 28, 2014 7:22 pm

Guess I didn't make myself clear on the software applications problem. I several programs that are Windows only with nothing similar available for Linux. I do not care for dual boot, due to the time wasted in the rebooting process. Currently I maintain several computers running constantly - one of them is now Linux 17 Cinnamon.

Day to day stuff is handled on the Linux machine - specialized projects on the Windows machines.

To be able to quickly bring up Linux or Windows on the same machine would be a great efficiency move.
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby WinterTroubles on Wed May 28, 2014 7:37 pm

W2BLC

I believe the solution you are looking for is not as far away as you think..

Mint4Win may no longer be an option, however a virtual machine may be.

Moment of honesty, I have never used a virtual machine so am not in any position to advise you on the specifics :(

There are people here that do run virtual machines inside their linux setups that should be able to advise though. I, humbly, suggest a little googling followed by a new topic asking for specific advice on what you want to run and how.

Hope this helps
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby karlchen on Wed May 28, 2014 7:38 pm

Hello, Bill.

In order to startup Linux Mint, installed through Mint4win, you have to shutdown Windows completely and reboot in the same way as you would have to do if Windows and Linux Mint had their own dedicated and strictly separated disk partitions.
The main difference between a normal dual boot system Linux Mint and Windows on the one hand and a Mint4win installed Linux Mint and Windows on the other hand is this:
The normal Linux Mint installation will live on a dedicated disk partition, formatted as an EXT4 filesystem (very likely EXT4). Windows will live on its own dedicated disk partition, formatted as an NTFS filesystem (very likely NTFS).
The Mint4win Linux Mint installation does not have a dedicated disk partition. Rather it uses a large container file named root.disk. root.disk lives on the Windows NTFS filesystem. Nonetheless only one operating system can be startup up at any point in time: either Windows or Linux Mint.

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Re: What is mint4win

Postby W2BLC on Wed May 28, 2014 7:49 pm

Looks like a Virtual Machine will be the only way to do this. Having tried this in the past, I will continue using dedicated machines.

Thank you to those whom replied.

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Re: What is mint4win

Postby Umbra Polaris on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:21 pm

installed Mint 17 on a VM (Virtual Box because it is free and allows multiple snapshots) , the only con is that you will run in Software Rendering Mode

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Re: What is mint4win

Postby JohnBlood on Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:55 pm

At one time there was a project to allow you to run Ubuntu as an application so you could try it wihout it affecting your Windows setup (it was not Wubi). I tried it and it ran terribly. Operating systems are not meant to be run on the same machine, unless you have one in a virtual environment. So, in a way I'm glad that min4win is dead. It would have caused a lot more problems than it would solve.
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Re: What is mint4win

Postby karlchen on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:29 am

JohnBlood wrote:[...] I'm glad that min4win is dead. It would have caused a lot more problems than it would solve.
Knowing that mint4win is a fork of Ubuntu's wubi, I wonder why no major problem has resulted from doing such a nasty thing as running
+ a Wubi installation of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx from 2010 till 2012
+ a Mint4win installation of Linux Mint 13 Maya from 2012 till today
+ a Wubi installation of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr since May 2014
on a Windows 7 office machine, i.e. one which is used every day?
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