LinuxFX 11: WX Desktop turns Ubuntu derivative into a Windows 11 clone

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Using WX Desktop, a highly customized KDE plasma, the small Brazilian Linux distribution LinuxFX, which previously imitated Windows 10, is transformed into a deceptively real clone of Windows 11 based on Debian and Ubuntu.

KDE Plasma becomes Windows UX

The Ubuntu derivative tries to make the switch as easy as possible for the user and to imitate Windows 11, which will be launched on new systems on October 5th, in every detail. LinuxFX relies on the free operating system Ubuntu from Canonical and combines this with the system kernel Linux 5.11 and the highly customizable KDE Plasma 5.22.5. Visually based entirely on Windows 11, the makers of the WX Desktop 11.1 with FX shaders speak.

LinuxFX 11 with KDE Plasma 5.22.5 alias WX Desktop 11.1 LinuxFX 11 with KDE Plasma 5.22.5 alias WX Desktop 11.1 (Image: LinuxFX)

Windows programs with the filename extensions .exe and .msi are automatically executed via the Windows-compatible runtime environment for POSIX-compatible operating systems Wine 6.0 and Steam is also preinstalled. In addition to the base from Ubuntu 21.04 (“Hirsute Hippo”), the repositories of the stable Debian 10.10 (“Buster”) are also available.

  • VERSION: 11.0
  • KERNEL: 5.11 LTS
  • WINDOW MANAGER: KDE Plasma 5.22.5
  • PACKAGE BASE: Ubuntu 21.04; Debian 10/10
  • MICROSOFT .EXE SUPPORT: Fx (build) Wine 6 .exe and .msi support
  • THEME: Linuxfx WxDesktop Windows 11 Theme
  • WXDESKTOP: 11.1 + FX Shaders
  • SYSTEM: Update all packages

LinuxFX 11 – Release Notes

Even if the LinuxFX themes are an almost perfect clone of the current Windows UX, the Brazilian Linux distribution seems to be too small for Microsoft to take legal action. LinuxFX has been using 1: 1 copied Windows themes for years without Microsoft ever bothering. Even the program icons are “modeled” down to the last detail.

System images for x86 and ARM

The developers offer their free Windows 11 clone based on Linux for both the x86 and the ARM architecture, which results in two system images. The ARM version for Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and 4 is currently still on version 10.8.4 and should be updated as soon as possible.

Further information is provided by the official Release Notes to LinuxFX 11 and the official Forum on SourceForge.

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