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jsbjsb001 05-03-2021 10:47 AM

LinuxFX/Windowsfx, a new Lindows?
 
I just discovered through a link another member posted what looks like (yet) another attempt to lure Windows users to Linux using the "LinuxFX/Windowsfx" distribution. From what I can tell it seems to be based on Ubuntu to at least some extent, and if you believe it's website, it boasts you can run Windows PE executables and MSI executables.

Personally I doubt it'll be "a game changer" anymore than any other such attempt has been. But maybe I'm wrong about that.

Thoughts?

https://www.linuxfx.org/

hazel 05-03-2021 01:46 PM

The release notes say it runs wine, so that's probably where the (partial?) Windows compatibility comes from. But you can run wine in any Linux.

Emerson 05-03-2021 02:17 PM

People are trying to make money, nothing wrong with that. Not the easiest way, if you ask me. First, charge customers for tech support and then provide it, knowing how tricky it is to run various Windows programs in Wine.

sundialsvcs 05-04-2021 12:59 PM

I'm not sure why there would actually be interest in a "Lindows," since for a very small amount of money you can buy a copy of Windows-10 and run it where it belongs – in a virtual machine, in a window on your Linux desktop. Yes, you can run many applications in Wine, and run them very well. But, is it really worth the hassle?

cynwulf 05-04-2021 02:42 PM

It's been done before... I agree with sundial (welcome back by the way) - can't see the point in it.

They also ripped off the 3dfx logo...

sundialsvcs 05-04-2021 03:06 PM

Some years ago, I really enjoyed closely studying the source-code of Wine. It really shows you just how different these two operating system APIs actually are. Wine really is an amazing piece of software, and in most cases it really does do what they say it will, but it must resort to a lot of "tricks."

But the bottom line, for me, is Virtualbox. Absolutely Free(!), fully-featured virtualization that runs on every host platform and that's backed by probably the largest software corporation in the world – Oracle. Windows and Linux both work equally well under any host OS. So, you can have both ... without messing around with silly things like "dual booting." Thanks to the hardware features that are available in every modern-day CPU chip, VMs are fast and efficient. Problem solved.

(And "VMWare" can go pound sand ...)

boughtonp 05-04-2021 04:21 PM


 
Why do you insist on spamming VirtualBox at every opportunity you find?

Also, Oracle is not even in the top five biggest software corporations in the world. (Might not even be top ten, I can't be arsed checking that far.)


Emerson 05-04-2021 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cynwulf (Post 6247990)
It's been done before... I agree with sundial (welcome back by the way) - can't see the point in it.

They also ripped off the 3dfx logo...

Right, don't try anything, stay home and wait for next stimulus check. If there is someone willing to do something and if there is someone who is willing to pay for it - what's the harm?

ondoho 05-05-2021 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsbjsb001 (Post 6247574)

Looks like something one of our resident spam-trolls was advertising, ripping people off with "Windows 12".

jsbjsb001 05-05-2021 09:54 AM

@sundialsvcs,

We are all well aware of your love of Virtualbox, we get it, like we did the last time you told us and the time before that too. I like it myself, but I don't feel the need to spam nearly every thread I respond to with my likes of Virtualbox either. We also understand that you seem to be a "fan" of Oracle, and we got it the last time you said it as well.

Give it a rest for once, or go and start your own thread(s) and spam them with your love of Virtualbox and/or Oracle and spare the rest of us. Thank you.

jmgibson1981 05-05-2021 11:34 AM

I like the idea but it's been done and failed so many times in the past. My own personal experiences with Wine as mentioned above always require tinkering. I have trouble with "2 clicks and it works". While I do have a dislike of Windows as most here do I ultimately just accepted that you need it sometimes. I keep it in a KVM vm. LVM snapshots of my vm's logical volume and the
Code:

virsh dumpxml
are sent to a usb 3.0 hard drive nightly via script. This beats Virtualbox handily in that it gives me much easier ability to do pci passthrough while still being mostly idiot proof with Virt-Manager. Best of both worlds so to speak. Only real downside in my case is I have a screen dedicated to the Windows side. Not a huge problem, but likely not ideal for most. YMMV.

Virtualbox has it's place though. I use it for quick tests of scripts and such. I recently used it extensively while testing out and getting an iptables based multi wan router working.

Always use the right tool for the job at hand. Saves time and makes life easy.

cynwulf 05-05-2021 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Emerson (Post 6248021)
Right, don't try anything, stay home and wait for next stimulus check. If there is someone willing to do something and if there is someone who is willing to pay for it - what's the harm?

That seems rather melodramatic... I'm not stopping them trying anything.

I wonder if they will get sued for blatantly using the trademarked windows logo...?

sundialsvcs 05-05-2021 09:39 PM

Wow.

Why, on this planet, would I possibly be said to be "spamming" a software product? I don't get royalty checks from Larry Ellison.

If I make any post here, I simply intend for it to be considered "at face value." Take it or leave it.

Obviously, my actual point was that "virtualization" is, in my opinion, "the best path forward" for the OP in the particular target thread.

And then, to me, it quite-naturally follows that I would wish to ... "steer other good folk well away from my own personal [awful ...] experiences with VMWare!"

I feel that plenty of people would be very glad to be introduced to the discovery that, most unfortunately, I didn't "discover" when I needed to have done so. I had no idea that a product like VirtualBox existed. I also wasted time with "dual booting" because I didn't know that there were viable alternatives. I paid good money for retail products that were "hobbled horses," literally not knowing that I never had to buy them.


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