I like installing directly to the hard drive as it was designed. But there are alternative methods to use Linux and I’m not opposed to them. For instance, I use flash drive installs all the time. Ubuntu has a method for Windows users called Wubi. They have had it since version 10.04 so I think it has had a bit more time to mature. I can only say this because of what I have read on this post from the Bibrarian’s blog. I read this and I come away with the feeling Linux or specifically Ubuntu 11.10 is running pretty darn well in Wubi.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I tried Wubi in the early stages of its development and really didn’t care for its performance. But that was nearly two years ago and Canonical has had more time to work on it.