Probably the most testing of a Linux Distro, for the short-term (approx 4-5 days) anyway, that I have ever done. One of the main problems I have found with Linux over the past 17 months is that a majority of Distros have serious hardware recognition problems. Few can compete with Ubuntu LTS on hardware recognition and even *FEWER* can compete with Ubuntu LTS on available firmware and drivers. Windowsfx 10.2 Build 20.05 (Linuxfx 10) has passed more tests than any Linux Distro (other than Ubuntu LTS) that I have tested over the past 17 months.

I will be adding this post to the WIN 7 series: For Windows 7 users page, and may end up adding Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page also…its performance has caught me by surprise, but I’m just not ready to move it into the Top 10 so soon. No Linux Distro comes close to Windows 10 for modern Desktop duty, and none of them are able to use the amount of software, hardware and computer peripherals available & that are made for Windows 10. Most radical Linux users don’t even know what the auto scroll or continuous scroll function of the basic Wheel Mouse is … they would be stunned to see someone “copy-paste content” between 3 or more computers. Point is, there is a *HUGE* drop-off after Ubuntu LTS in the Top 10 Desktop duty category, and specialties like Portability, Rescue, Privacy and Security deserve a shot at my Top 10 also. In my opinion, not enough focus is made on the only two advantages that Linux has over Windows 10 – Old computers and USB Portability. Stick Linux into those old computers if you can’t afford a modern one…Windows 10 is just too modern for that ‘Old Stuff’. If you’re one of the Windows 7 stragglers, and want to test Linux on it then read my Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives page section. Also be sure to read the Want to really Test Linux on your Windows computer? post that is located there.

I’ll let Jack M. Germain tell you his views on – Linuxfx 10: A Smart, Easy Way to Transition From Windows

  • Linuxfx 10 could provide businesses and consumers with a Windows 7-like experience that puts users on a smooth downhill path to Linux adoption.
  • Linuxfx 10 is the closest pathway I have seen to transitioning from real Windows 7 or 10 to Linux with a convincing Windows overlay. It also can be an ideal computing solution without the Windows decor by changing the theme and other system settings with the included tools.

As usual, Jack M. Germain makes some great points – i.e. give it a try with the Windows ‘Feel’ at first, then experiment with the themes, icon ‘stuff’, etc…this Distro is loaded! 3.23 GB iso = linuxfx10.2-wx-lts download file.

Jack M. Germain continues…

  • Linuxfx 10 is a Brazilian Linux distribution founded by Rafael Rachid. It is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. That means you have five years of system upgrades.
  • The developers redesigned the Libreoffice/Openoffice productivity suite with MS Office theme and tabs. Even the booting process has a Windows 10 appeal, thanks to a Windows logo and system integrity check that replaces the Linux or OEM logo.

Giving a MS Office ‘Look’ to Libreoffice/Openoffice was a big attraction for me to test it…am no word processor maestro, but MS Word always looked better ‘n easier than any of those open-source ones. Speaking of word processors, I tested my typing speed the other day, and it has improved to almost 3-words a minute (if they’re short words).

Jack M. Germain continues…

  • The Cinnamon desktop more closely mimics the look and feel of Windows in terms of the bottom task bar, menu button, and system tray placement and functionality.
  • Wrap the Windows theme around it all, as the developers did, and you have a very familiar desktop view while transitioning from Windows to Linux. The Cinnamon desktop is an ideal way to facilitate the migration of users from Windows.

Better cut Jack off at this point, before this turns into a 2-part post. I have to disagree with him on – “Installation is a no-brainer as well.” Only Ubuntu LTS has a “no-brainer” installer…I did installs to a 32GB SanDisk USB and to a 128GB SSD, and ended up doing the Manual partitioning method (that was only choice for the install to USB). Here were the choices for installing to the 32GB SanDish USB and the 128GB SSD:

That was to USB…and I found it easier to prep the drive with GParted first. Here’s choices for SSD:

I tried the “Replace a partition” method and it failed during the installation process…I didn’t try the “Install alongside” method because the wording seemed questionable … maybe I’ll try that before posting this, since that may be the one Jack used. Usually there is another OS involved with the “Install alongside” method…here’s what the “Install alongside” is showing:

Yeah, it failed, maybe halfway+- thru process. Looks like a EFI system partition problem, i.e. it was expecting an EFI system partition to be already set up. Ubuntu LTS is the only Linux Distro that has an installer that covers all situations and/or options…here are the options Ubuntu 20.04 LTS gave me during that install to USB:

That’s an old pic from previous post. Other Distros ‘panic’ when they see anything unusual, e.g. a simple install to a USB caused Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) to offer only the “Manual partitioning” choice, shown above. The Arch-based ‘wannabes’ (pretending to be the *REAL* Arch Linux) are the worst at panicking during an installation if anything is slightly different (e.g. USB Docking Stations)…stay away from Arch ‘n the Arch ‘wannabes’. Printers also give the Arch ‘wannabes’ a terrible time…simply nothing more than keyboard-based OSes (AKA “TERMINAL-CENTRIC” Distros) still stuck in the old DOS days. Oh, more later on this, but Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) was absolutely amazing on the Pantum P2500W printer installations and tests.

Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, but it is certainly not Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Lots of Distros are based on Ubuntu LTS and I don’t recall any of their users pretending that they are the same as Ubuntu LTS. However, Ubuntu also has Ubuntu Flavors that are fully supported by Ubuntu. Arch Linux doesn’t offer “Flavors” (as far as I know) and I don’t believe they support the Arch-based distributionspretenders’:

Install to 32GB SanDisk USB drive:

‘Live’ tests of Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) were so impressive that I moved to installing it to a USB. Took about 21 minutes, which is not bad for a full Linux installation to a USB drive. As noted above, the “Manual partitioning” was only choice being offered for the USB. First attempt failed, but I learned enough from that failure to prep the 32GB USB with GParted.

I had created a 550MB Fat32 partition and the rest was left for the ext4 partition. Then I selected “Manage flags” and checked the boot and esp options:

Went for the installation after prepping with GParted. Usual time zone and keyboard stuff and then the “Manual partitioning” started. I highlighted the Fat 32 partition and chose “Edit Existing Partition” selection. Since it had been prepped with GParted, I “Keep” Content the same, then added “/boot/efi” to the Mount Point options. The “boot” flag had already been selected with GParted:

Next, highlighted the ext4 partition and chose “Edit Existing Partition” selection…”Keep” Content the same…added “/” for the Mount Point:

Ended up with it looking like this for the double-check before proceeding with install:

Not difficult when you know how “Manual partition” works, which may be what Jack M. Germain meant. Used the ‘InWin’ Linux test computer for this installation…here is system info pic:

The extra GB’s showing up in drives are from other USB’s with data and/or for pics. Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) had spotted the Pantum P2500W printer during all tests (including ‘Live’) and kept looking for a driver. See Ubuntu ‘Focal Fossa’ 20.04 LTS – ‘Drivers, Printers, Hubs, GZ files & tRoUbLeShOoTiNg’ part 2 for info and pics on how to install a Pantum-Ubuntu-Driver-V1-1-5.tar.gz driver. As mentioned in that post, most printer OEM’s have developers make their printer drivers for four OSes – Mac OSX, Android, Microsoft Windows & Ubuntu LTS. The printer “Requirements” on the box may show it is compatible with “Linux” but more than likely they think of Ubuntu as “Linux.” I know some Arch-based ‘pretenders’ who place their printer files/docs onto a USB and take that to a place that can print it for them…GEEZ!?! Here’s a pic after printer driver installed and test page printed:

Install to 128GB SSD:

To save on my Media Library space (space is plentiful now – just thinking ahead), the steps shown in the above pics of the GParted prep work to a USB will be the same for the 128GB SSD. The “Edit Existing Partition” steps during installation will also be the same…basically.

Installation and tests on the SSD were done with the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ Linux test computer. Here is system info pic:

Pantum P2500W printer also installed easily on the SSD. With the Cinnamon DE, Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) was easy to move around in and offered lots of customization options.

It’s such a long post that it seems I missed some of the info…?! Mainly, a great little OS for interested Windows 7 newbies to check out, and I will add it to the WIN 7 series: For Windows 7 users page, since there may be some stragglers left.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.