One of the fears of using a Linux distro is finding it difficult to use. Many years ago it is true that Linux systems were difficult to use, which generated a fear that, to this day, continues to be present among less expert users. However, nowadays most Linux distros come prepared to be able to use them without any kind of difficulty. There are even some that, aesthetically, are very similar to Windows, as with Linuxfx.
Linuxfx, also known as Windowsfx, is a Linux distribution designed to encourage all those users accustomed to using Windows to make the leap to this free operating system, ending all the fears that we may encounter.
Ubuntu flavored with Windows 10
Beneath all these layers of customization, this distro is based on Ubuntu. Specifically in 20.04 LTS . This guarantees us a system support for 5 years. All updates will be received through the Ubuntu software update, and we can also use the features and improvements of the Canonical distro update system, such as Live Patching (which allows us to install security patches without restarting).
When installing programs, or making configurations, everything will be done through terminal with the same commands that we use in Ubuntu. Everything we can do in it we can do without problems in Windowsfx.
Linuxfx has been designed with the intention of imitating the appearance and general operation of Windows 10. Therefore, the first thing we will find when using this distro is that it uses a desktop that is practically the same as the Microsoft operating system. This desktop is based on Cinnamon and has been modified with WXD graphics libraries to give it a similar appearance to that of the Windows desktop.
The desktop isn’t the only thing that looks like Windows. Topics have also been included to make applications, such as LibreOffice, aesthetically similar to Microsoft Office, so we will not miss the Microsoft office suite.
In terms of operation, its developers have also worked hard to make it as similar to Windows as possible. Windowsfx comes with everything you need to be able to run EXE programs and MSI installers with a double click, just as if you were using the Microsoft operating system. Linuxfx is ready for all kinds of activity, whether it’s working and surfing the Internet or playing all kinds of multimedia content or even playing games.
This distro comes with a good collection of programs installed by default so that users feel, by default, as comfortable as possible from the first moment.
As an office suite, this distro brings the free LibreOffice suite . In addition, this suite has an MS Office theme configured that makes it appear aesthetically to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
When browsing the Internet, this distro will bring us Google Chrome and Firefox, so that we can choose which browser we want to use. In addition, we will also find other very useful programs to use the Internet, such as Transmission, to download torrents, Microsoft Teams and Skype, for communication or TeamViewer and Anydesk for remote control.
Entertainment is also another objective of this distro. For this reason, we will also find popular programs installed by default, such as the VLC multimedia player, the Kodi multimedia center , the GIMP image editing software and even Steam.
We will also be able to customize the desktop to our liking, as dictated by the Linux philosophy. This distro comes with a great variety of wallpapers (very nice, by the way), and allows us to install and configure all kinds of gadgets and widgets.
Linuxfx takes care of all the details of Windows 10
This Linux distro is not just about changing the background and adding a couple of icons to “look like” Windows 10. Its developers have worked very hard to make it really look like Windows 10 wherever we look. The windows theme is very similar to that of the Microsoft operating system, in addition to being able to find practically all Windows icons, including icons in personal folders.
The icons on the taskbar and all the elements on it have also been designed with Windows 10 in mind. We can see the network settings, volume control and even the calendar just like in the Microsoft operating system.
Of course, we will also have virtual desktops and all the other features that we can find in Windows 10 and that help us to be more productive with the operating system.
The start menu , which is another of the most pampered aspects of this design, also has a search engine that will allow us to instantly locate the program that we want to open.
Download Linuxfx / Windowsfx
This distro is completely free, and we can download it from the following link . Its developers offer us two different types of downloads. On the one hand we will have the direct download, which is done through the SourceForge servers, and on the other hand we will have a torrent download. We recommend the second one, since it tends to go faster.
The result is that we will download a 3.4 GB ISO image . This image can be used without problems to start a virtual machine, or we can save it to a USB memory to start any computer from it and install the system on it.
In order to use this distro we don’t need to have any very advanced hardware. It will be enough to have a dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM to be able to use it without problems. Although these minimum requirements may be somewhat higher than those of Windows, the performance we obtain under equal conditions is extremely superior.