Linuxfx, also known as Windowsfx, is a Linux distribution designed to inspire all those users comfortable in using Windows to make the jump to this free operating system. It could provide businesses and consumers with a Windows 7-like experience that places users on a smooth path to Linux adoption. Linuxfx 10 is the contiguous pathway we have seen to transitioning from real Windows 7 or 10 to Linux with a convincing Windows overlay.
Linuxfx 10 offers a group of specialized tools that make this unusual Linux desktop a very functional and easy-to-use option over other Linux distributions.
Linuxfx 10 is a Brazilian Linux distribution initiated by Rafael Rachid. It is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The developers included some of the finest features in the look and feel of Windows. The benefit for Linux beginners is the capability to maintain compatibility with the original Microsoft Windows applications, natively and transparently.
The developers restructured the Libreoffice/Openoffice productivity suite with MS Office theme and tabs. Even the booting progression has a Windows 10 appeal. Thanks to a Windows logo and system integrity check that swaps the Linux or OEM logo.
The developers applied a bit of a magician’s sleight of hand. Some documentation defines the desktop environment as actuality based on the KDE desktop. Maybe earlier versions were to a greater extent, but the version 10.1 release noticeably look like the Cinnamon desktop.
The Cinnamon desktop more closely impressionists the look and feel of Windows in terms of the bottom task bar, menu button, and system tray engagement and functionality. This Linuxfx version has the Cinnamon desklets and the even improved panel bar applets. You have a very familiar desktop outlook while transitioning from Windows to Linux. The Cinnamon desktop is a perfect way to simplify the migration of users from Windows.
Another key feature that provides this distro a unique design flavor is the B00merang Project. It is the engine that allows the developers to let you turn Linuxfx’s Linux desktop appearance into Windows, macOS, Ubuntu or other OSes. This point-and-click process lets you pick from dozens of themes and icons that include operating systems with old and new looks.
Linuxfx 10 contains the developer’s video management system, called “Sentinela”. Also involved is the Helloa wizard for installing the Sentinela platform. This platform includes computer vision systems to control access of people, vehicles, object detection and integrated data analysis.
The Helloa assistant is in the development stage. The developer has plans for it to do more than act as an installer script for Sentinela. His aim is to have Helloa assist users in carrying out the most diverse tasks of the operating system. You can use Sentinela for access control (facial acknowledgment and automatic number plate recognition), object detection, gender, age and mood detection.
Other features in Linuxfx contain a new personal assistant, and a WX theme for desktop and system applications. These and other involved Windows programs showcase the crossover functionality in software compatibility between the Microsoft platform and the world of Linux.
Linuxfx has its pre-installed and mostly pre-configured so it works more seamlessly — as if the user actually were inside a Windows 10 operating system. Simply launch all supported Windows programs or games by right-clicking on the app icon and select opening it with WINE.
Other Goodies Inside
A cool benefit from using Linuxfx is that it can be an excessive home theater platform. Thanks to the preinstalled Kodi media player. Once you log in with Kodi, you can add all your media files from local or remote storage locations.
Other featured embedded applications include Google Chrome and Firefox Internet browsers, Microsoft Teams/Skype for video conferencing, Teamviewer/Anydesk for remote assistance, and VLC (in addition to Kodi) for multimedia.
More Linux apps preinstalled include GIMP, VLC and Inkscape for image editing, Simple Screen Recorder for capturing desktop images, and Balena etcher for burning optical media.
If you want more applications, you have Ubuntu Software center in place of the Windows store. Thanks to Ubuntu’s own universal snap package management system. You can also install any version of apps using the snap package.
Linuxfx is an excessive OS to run on older computers. It does not need very innovative hardware. A dual-core gear with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM is sufficient to run the system without lags or sluggishness.
However, you will experience far higher performance if your hardware exceeds the minimum requirement. The sweet spot is at least 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of free disk space.
Installation is a no-brainer as well. It is a fairly straightforward process that takes around 5 minutes.
Why Should You Use Linuxfx?
Reaching a conclusion, the question arises that there are already several popular and powerful Linux distros. Then why should we use Linuxfx? Some of you may also think it is a Ubuntu Clone with WINE and Windows theme installed by default.
The idea of Linuxfx is to make it easier for people who are migrating from Windows 7. People who are disappointed with the lack of security and stability of Windows 10 are also appropriate for Linuxfx.
So if you’re an advanced user, I guess you can also easily change the appearance of Linuxfx by configuring different themes in the control panel.
Writer: M Zahidul Kabir