CoLinux Portable Ubuntu for Windows

Portable Ubuntu Remix for Windows (Pubuntu) is a project headed by Claudio Cacsar Sa¡nchez Tejeda that uses CoLinux (Cooperative Linux) to enable a user to run Ubuntu on top of Windows. CoLinux, a port of the Linux Kernel, is an open source virtual machine that works much like Qemu (some claim it is faster). Ubuntu is a fork of Debian, and a product of Canonical Ltd. In the following tutorial, we will show you how to install and run CoLinux Portable Ubuntu from a USB flash drive or other portable device, all while you’re still up and running in Windows.

CoLinux Portable Ubuntu Remix Screenshot

Notice the top edge Ubuntu panel or taskbar in the screenshot below.

CoLinux Portable Ubuntu

Distribution Home Page:

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 2GB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Portable Ubuntu for Windows prerequisites

  • 2GB or larger USB device
  • Windows Host (tested on Windows XP)
  • Portable_Ubuntu.exe

Installing Portable Ubuntu to a USB Flash Drive

  1. Download Portable Ubuntu
  2. Insert your USB  flash drive or portable device
  3. Run Portable_Ubuntu.exe extracting its contents to your USB device
  4. Click run_portable_ubuntu.bat from the Portable_Ubuntu Folder on your USB device to launch Portable Ubuntu

That’s all there is to it! You should now see a Top edge panel taskbar for which you can run your Ubuntu applications from within Windows (sharing the same desktop)

Note: We are not affiliated with Ubuntu or the CoLinux Portable Ubuntu project.