Linux based windows OS

  1. sportster's Avatar
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    Windows 10 pro 64 bit 20H2
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    Linux based windows OS


    I found this free open source linux based windows OS "Windowsfx". It seem to be a good alternative to ms windows 11 and
    support Android games and apps, it can also be run on low end computer. Any comments is welcome.

    Windowsfx Operating System download | SourceForge.net
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  2. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
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    I hadnt heard of it before. Looks promising from a quick glance at the link.
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  3. Posts : 1
    VMware
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    Does anyone know what distribution this is based on (I'm assuming it's mainly a skin?) or if it's its own thing?
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  4. pparks1's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Based on Debian, Mint
    DistroWatch.com: Linuxfx
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  5. RickC's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
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    The original Windows 10 version of Windowsfx was first discussed here back in July 2020. It's moved on since then (and, surprisingly, hasn't been shut down by Microsoft lawyers) with the latest Windows 11 iteration.

    The Windows 11 version of Windowsfx was reviewed by Jack Wallen/TechRepublic last September. (Note that there's still a Windows 10 version.)

    It's been discussed over at AskWoody over a few months many times since then. I suggest you have a read there about some issues to consider.

    Hope this helps...
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    Downloading the 4.4GB .iso file now, want to compare with my Linux Mint which can run Wine for some Windows-based programs. Linux Mint is based upon Ubuntu which is based upon Debian, haven't tried any of the RPM versions. Most Linux distros have 3 different desktops, separate downloads.
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  7. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi folks

    If you want to run Linux on Windows -- either install a VM or depending on what you want the Linux system to do install the WSL on Windows. Some Linux GUI programs can run directly from the WSL without needing any extra software -- a full desktop can be got in some instances but it's a lot of trouble -- and currently there's no Bridged mode networking available which means that your Linux WSL machine can't be reached by any other device / machine on your LAN.

    Just go with a VM currently -- VM's are very (or can be) efficient these days especially decently installed Linux systems.
    HYPER-V works fine if you can put up with a few limitations and want to stick to bog standard Windows software. Free 3rd party software such as VMWare player and Oracle's Virtual Box also are reasonable choices.

    Running WINE on Linux isn't worth the candle these days -- if you are using a Linux Host then install Windows as a VM -- VmWare vmplayer, Virtual Box and KVM/QEMU are all Free and install easy enough on Linux Hosts and simple to create running VM's on.

    Ive never had problems installing any version of Windows as a VM on a Linux Host -- and these days on a Windows Host especially with current versions of W10 / W11 as a host never had any problems installing all sorts of Linux distros as VM's either.

    As far as these ...sfx releases are concerned -- I don't suppose it will be too long before some greasy mit grasping Lawyers get their hands full of truckloads of cash by sidling up to Microsoft.

    Remember the old adage "If it looks like a Duck ......." etc. If you want Windows - just use it and have done with it. I can't see why anybody if they are that desperate to have a basic Windows GUI desktop to have Linux as their main desktop OS. Doesn't make sense to me -- having Windows as a VM is fine but if you use Linux it's not meant to be a "Windows" system.

    Cheers
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