I mentioned last night that the SourceForge page for Linuxfx / Windowsfx (x86/64 Pc) says there have been 24,587 downloads this week…well, this morning (about 8 hours later) it’s saying “31,508 This Week.” Might be the *HOTTEST* of some 2000+ Linuxer Distros at this time.

Not sure, but the Raspberry Pi 4 might be helping this recent popularity surge. Not ready for the ‘Big Boys’ or my Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page yet, but it is kicking some MX Linux ‘n Manjaro ‘Arse’ right now, especially with hardware recognition. (Ever tried to install a printer on Arch Linux or one of the Arch-based ‘Wannabes’?) However, like the entire group of ‘Archies’ (and many other Distros) Windowsfx 10.3 (Linuxfx 10) had problems using a USB Docking Station for installing – also see November 10, 2019 MX Linux 19 & Manjaro 18.1.2 – ‘Hardware Recognition & Compatibility Issues … plus M.O.’ post for more info. First ‘Live’ USB media was created with Etcher, but that failed to install ‘n was a mess to clean up USB’s ‘n SSD’s afterwards – had no problems with ‘Live’ media created with Rufus. The other installation problem I had was when trying to use the internet connection during installation…would look good until around 93% and then I got this:

“Installation Failed” error message; however, it would still reboot the installation and all seemed OK!?!? I suggest skipping the internet connection, IMHO. Without internet, half-a-dozen or so installs to 120GB SSD ‘n 128GB SSD using Linux Test Machines ‘InWin’ & ‘Apevia’ completed the installation process in less than 3 minutes ‘n 30 seconds without any problems.


The Linuxfx / Windowsfx project was developed to help Microsoft © Windows® users migrate directly to Linux, taking advantage of their entire learning curve. Taking advantage of hardware that does not support the newest version of Microsoft © Windows® is also a Linuxfx policy, as well as providing network support, Active Directories, .exe and .msi programs, safe browsing and virus protection. Using Linuxfx / Windowsfx on your computer, you will have a fast system, which consumes little memory and is immune to viruses developed on the Microsoft © Windows® platform.

Last time, in the Windowsfx 10.2 (Linuxfx 10) – ‘a smooth downhill path to Linux adoption’? post, I worked mainly with USB’s and/or focused on Manual Partitioning of drive/s. This time, the focus will be on the easiest automatic way to install Windowsfx 10.3 (Linuxfx 10) to a SSD.

The linuxfx10.3.1-wx-lts ISO is about 3.64 GBs. Here are some pics of the main installation process I had most success with.

I had no success when connected to the internet – possibly caused by my HughesNet satellite connection, but I really don’t know. The install was very fast without internet, and updates were easily added afterwards. Next was time zone:

Then came the keyboard info:

Under Partitions I made sure the correct SSD “storage device” was selected and then selected “Erase disk” for the automatic partitioning method:

Then Users info such as name & ‘Pesky’ password:

Then a Summary double-check of what is going to happen:

All looks great – ready to install! All tests took less than 3 min ‘n 30 sec, and here is the ‘InWin’ system info after one installation:

Copied the Pantum-Ubuntu-Driver-V1-1-5.tar.gz printer driver to the Download folder, extracted it there, and then installed the correct driver. Opened the Devices settings and selected “Printer and scanners” ‘n P2500W-series was installed ‘n a Test Page was printed.

Choosing Ubuntu LTS or a Ubuntu LTS-based Distro is the way to go if you want to use printers ‘n scanners ‘n other hardware stuff – if you don’t like Ubuntu LTS, then you can use some ‘Toy OS’ like the Arch-based EndeavourOS “terminal-centric distro” & copy your docs/files to a USB drive, ‘n then take that to a place that has an OS that can print it out for you.

Will add this post to the new Windowsfx/Linuxfx page…

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