Windowsfx. This is the name of a project that tries, as far as possible, to offer the experience of using Windows 10 within a Linux distribution. This week, the Windowsfx 10.5 WX Desktop was released. Linux kernel 5.7.15, office package OnlyOffice 5.6 and desktop environment Cinnamon 4.6 are among the features of the novelty.
For many people, using a distribution whose standard interface “clones” the experience of using Windows (or macOS) does not make sense. But this can be the first step for a person little or not familiar with Linux to enter the universe of this platform.
This is also a way of surviving an old PC or with basic hardware, for example. A computer with 2 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor is sufficient to run the distribution. There is even a specific version for Raspberry Pi.
As the user does not live just from the interface, Windowsfx brings several popular pre-installed applications, such as Skype, Zoom, Telegram, Mozilla Firefox and Teamviewer. There is also a compatibility mode that allows you to run .exe and .msi applications – the distribution comes with Wine 5.0.
The recently released Windowsfx 10.5 WX Desktop – whose official name is Linuxfx 10.5 WX Desktop – is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” distribution and the Cinnamon 4.6 environment. The face of Windows is provided by the Windows 10 theme b00merang.
A no less important detail: Windowsfx is a Brazilian project. The distribution is maintained by developer Rafael Rachid, who released the first version in 2007. At the time, the project was known only as Linuxfx.
Download links and additional information can be found at official Windowsfx website. In the video below, you can get an overview of the operating system: