I would like to install a copy of Ubuntu Linux without at all compromising my system. I really don't like running the LiveCD because it runs slower than I would like it to. Running Ubuntu under Windows in a virtual machine such as VMWare seems to me like would totally defeat the purpose of running Linux - I don't really understand why this is even at all popular for anybody.
I know that it is possible to do a network install to setup Ubuntu onto a NTFS partition without having to do any partitioning to a hard drive, but I have been unable to come up with thorough instructions on this searching around on the internet. My main question is, is it possible to skip the installation of the boot loader. I would prefer not to modify the boot loader currently in my system. The ideal way to run Ubuntu for a part time user would be to boot into from a CD and run from the hard drive. If this is possible and anybody has any pointers please let me know.