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[LIVE-ISO][FWUL][STABLE] adb/fastboot without any installation and driver issues

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Announcement from steadfasterX: FWUL 2.3 has been released! Read the details here:


About

FWUL ... Why this name and its meaning?
Well.. The name of FWUL has a simple reason. I wanted to have something where I were able to point users to when they came with issues on Windows because the most problems around were solvable when using Linux ...

... and so the generic answer I gave those were exactly what FWUL means today. The only issue with Linux (even with Ubuntu, Mint and such) is that they not include what an Android user needs. You still have to issue commands to install and you have to make other adjustments like udev rules etc. Nothing a "normal" Windows user can do without guidelining.

So I started FWUL.. and because I had this above in mind its named like this. That's all.


For those not familiar with the above: do you have ever thought:

Quote:

"What the ...? Why?? Windows is not detecting my Android phone?!
adb, fastboot?? what are you talking about?"

or do you just wanna support someone who is using Windows and having issues?
  • ... of course you have re-installed the drivers of your phone's vendor.
  • ... of course you have re-downloaded the newest one from the the vendor's homepage as well
  • ... of course you checked other drivers and uninstalled and rebooted hundreds of times
  • ... of course it still does not work!
This is where this Live ISO should help you out.

That's completely normal because you're still using that OS named Windows
... an OS which you (should) have paid for.. (Did you know that? --> Linux is free!)
... an OS which is known to spy out his users - by default (Did you know that? --> Linux won't!)
... an OS where updating and upgrading annoying you more and more (Did you know that? --> Linux can be simply upgraded even between major versions!)
(... well that's your choice but maybe now is a good time to think about alternatives...)


On Linux we do not have such phone driver issues (there are others but forget about that now).
The main purpose of this ISO is to give you a quick and just working start to use the standard Android tools like adb and fastboot with ease.
  • ... No driver hassle
  • ... No complicated installation of android tools
  • ... Remote support tool (teamviewer) can be installed with a double click
  • ... just download, flash and enjoy

FWUL is just the way it should be. As time goes by the features grow so even when FWUL started as just an adb/fastboot ISO it can now provide you more then that. It has been enhanced to include all tools useful when it comes to using Android with your PC, flashing tools like JOdin (Samsung) or LGLAF (LG) are just some examples - check out the feature list!


Project status

Rock stable
well.. and: it could influence you sooner or later and you may never want to go back to your Windows...


Features

Based on the amazing Arch Linux

Also checkout the detailed main features here: What's inside FWUL (click)?
  • Windows 10 Theme for you my Windows lovers
  • fast, stable and the most current Android debug experience you will ever get! it just works.
  • Multi-Language support (If you miss your language let me know)
  • adb and fastboot preinstalled and ready to use (thx for the amazing udev rules)
  • simple ADB tool - a GUI for adb/fastboot (thx to the developer!)
  • full MTP support
  • full PTP support
  • persistent mode (since FWUL v2.0)
  • Teamviewer (TV) installer! If you need it just install it by simply starting the installer in the Desktop
  • KISS + removed all docs + man pages keeping that ISO at small size
  • JOdin (Java based version of Odin for Samsung devices) (Develop thread at XDA)
  • hexchat to get support
  • heimdall (GUI/CLI tool for Samsung devices)
  • Installer for Sony Flashtool
  • Installer for spflashtool for MediaTek devices
  • If you find something is not working LET US KNOW!
  • The LGLaf tool to get shell access for unbricking LG phones
  • Full Oracle VirtualBox support (since v1-1):
    -> 512 MB RAM for the VM is the lowest recommended (you may fail to use any installer though but adb and fastboot will work out of the box and would even work with less)
    -> 2+ GB RAM for the VM is recommended
    -> you have to download and install the VirtualBox extension pack for full USB support
    -> keep in mind: Even running in a VM is supported you will have best performance and best user experience when running from DVD/USB-Stick instead


Installation
  1. Download
  2. Either:
    ... burn it to a DVD (very stable and easy but slowest in boot)
    ... or flash it to an USB stick (very stable and easy and CAN be the fastest - it depends on your USB stick speed ... if you use a slow USB stick its slow right?!)
    ... or connect it in your VirtualBox VM (read FAQ #4 for the persistent mode option if you want to use it there as well)

    For flashing to an USB stick I would recommend rufus but any of those should work
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by richie16171


    (hint: I extended the guide from richie with all URLs and UUI and other stuff)

    Using Rufus
    Rufus is a multi-purpose USB iso writer. Simply select the the USB drive, the FWUL ISO/IMG, select DD mode and click start.
    Since Rufus does not care if the drive is properly formatted or not and provides a GUI it may be the easiest and most robust tool to use.
    For a guide with screenshots look here: CLICK

    Using USBwriter
    This method does not require any workaround and is as straightforward as dd under Linux. Just download the FWUL ISO/IMG, and with local administrator rights use the USBwriter utility to write to your USB flash memory.

    Using UUI
    Simply choose the FWUL ISO or IMG file, your Flash Drive and click Install.

    Using win32diskimager
    win32diskimager is another graphical USB iso writing tool for Windows. Simply select your ISO or IMG file and the target USB drive letter (you may have to format it first to assign it a drive letter), and click Write.


    For using FWUL in a virtual machine download VirtualBox + the VirtualBox Extension pack
    Quote:

    then add a new VM in VirtualBox with the FWUL ISO connected
    -> 512 MB RAM for the VM is the lowest possible (you may fail to use any installer though but adb and fastboot will work out of the box) but it would even work with less. Not that smoothly of course and when you install things you will get out of space easily..
    -> 2+ GB RAM for the VM is recommended. The more the better but if you have issues with RAM but when you have enough free disk space instead you can use the persistent mode with VirtualBox! Check out FAQ #4

  3. Boot FWUL
  4. Login with username/password: android / linux
  5. Open the terminal application (at the bottom the black small window or open the "Windows" menu and choose from there)
  6. type in:
    adb devices
    or
    fastboot devices
    or
    open the simple-adb GUI (desktop)
    or
    ....


Download

XDA had problems in the past regarding file upload ...
so I decided to choose AndroidFileHost as our primary download server from now on.. XDA will always have the latest forgeful ISO at least but for a complete set AFH has them all.

Main Download Server:
Download Mirror (XDA):
Note: This mirror may not contain all files but it will have the latest stable forgetful ISO at least!



Support / IRC Channel
IRC means Internet Relay Chat and you will get best support there only.
Choose how to get in:
Changelog

See Post #2

Known Issues

FAQ

See Post #4

Credits

XDA:DevDB Information
FWUL - Forget Windows Use Linux - an adb/fastboot ISO, Tool/Utility for all devices (see above for details)

Contributors
steadfasterX
Source Code: https://github.com/Carbon-Fusion/build_fwul


Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: 2.3
Stable Release Date: 2017-09-23

Created 2016-12-27
Last Updated 2017-09-22
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Changelog

FWUL_2.0_x86-64
Released: 2017-09-11
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Full Changelog: on Github
All closed issues for this release: see the Milestone tracking on github
  • Fresh Arch base from the day of release (means all packages are top current)
  • Versions of the main FWUL components:
    ADB and fastboot: android-tools -> version: 8.0.0_r4-1
    simple-adb GUI -> version: update4
    heimdall-git -> version: 1.4.2.r1.g3b4f34e-1
    xfwm4 -> version: 4.12.4-1
    lightdm -> version: 1:1.22.0-1
    xorg-server -> version: 1.19.3-3
    virtualbox-guest-utils -> version: 5.1.26-1
    firefox -> version: 55.0.3-1
    hexchat -> version: 2.12.4-6
  • you may have noticed it already but FWUL has an own logo now and so goes a complete re-design of: boot menu screen and login screen
  • added FWUL version info and a welcome screen
  • added persistent mode (FAQ #4)
  • added a graphical installer (pamac) to ease the installation of new software in FWUL
  • added PT-br language
  • preparation for an eventually coming installer
  • replaced Otter Browser by Firefox
  • several bugfixes (check full changelog above)

FWUL_2.1_x86-64
Released: 2017-09-12
  • Fixed an issue within the build process making persistent builds non-persistent

FWUL_2.1.1_x86-64 (forgetful only)
Released: 2017-09-13
  • Fixed an issue where the persistent mode was shown in boot menu of forgetful ISO

FWUL_2.2.x_x86-64 (persistent only)
Released: 2017-09-20 (manual download/installation)
  • Fixed an issue with adb
  • Fixed an issue with directory permissions

FWUL_2.3_x86-64
Released: 2017-09-23
  • Versions of the main FWUL components:
    ADB and fastboot: android-tools -> version: 7.1.2_r27-1
    simple-adb GUI -> version: update4
    heimdall-git -> version: 1.4.2.r3.g9bcc42d-1
    xfwm4 -> version: 4.12.4-1
    lightdm -> version: 1:1.22.0-1
    xorg-server -> version: 1.19.3-3
    virtualbox-guest-utils -> version: 5.1.28-1
    firefox -> version: 55.0.3-1
    hexchat -> version: 2.12.4-6
  • Fixed an issue with adb
  • Fixed an issue with directory permissions
  • Added FWUL LivePatcher --> details and issue


Older releases


FWUL_1-4_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-05-03
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Full Changelog: on Github
All closed issues for this release: see the Milestone tracking on github
Hint: the main reason for the increased ISO size compared to v1.3 is missing qt libs etc.
  • Fresh Arch base from the day of release (means all packages are top current)
  • Versions of the main FWUL components:
    ADB and fastboot: android-tools -> version: 7.1.2_r6-1
    heimdall-git -> version: 1.4.1.r37.gb6fe7f8-1
    xfwm4 -> version: 4.12.4-1
    xorg-server -> version: 1.19.3-2
    virtualbox-guest-utils -> version: 5.1.22-1
  • bugfix (issue #10) for Sony Flashtool preventing the latest patch to be applied
  • replaced Midori Browser by Otter Browser

FWUL_1-3_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-04-19
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Full Changelog: on Github
All closed issues for this release: see the Milestone tracking on github
  • Fresh Arch base from the day of release (means all packages are top current)
  • updated heimdall to heimdall-git from AUR (user request)
  • Samsung and LG tools are moved to subfolders on the desktop
  • LG LAF shell is now fully usable (missed a python package) and now much more easily accessible by 2 desktop icons in the LG folder
  • fixed issue #5 (thunar volume manager was missing)
  • fixed issue #2 (compress/extract in file explorer thunar was not possible)
  • shrinked ISO size a LOT

FWUL_1-2_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-04-11
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Full Changelog: on Github
  • Fresh Arch base from the day of release (means all packages are top current)
  • Turkish language added (user request)
  • Firefox installer added
  • Chromium installer added
  • some minor fixes

FWUL_1-1_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-03-18
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Full Changelog: on Github
  • Fresh Arch base from the day of release (means all packages are top current)
  • Added 3 failsafe boot modes (i hope that helps ppl with booting issues)
  • Added LGLaf tool to get shell access for unbricking LG phones
  • Added a hint to the installer popup about "Potential dangerous" note when installing
  • Fix for Sony Flashtool: AUR provides only 0.9.22.3 instead of the newest 0.9.23.1 (which then gets patched to 0.9.23.2 ... omg )
  • Fix for Sony Flashtool: the installer was not able to download anymore (link in AUR is dead! I needed to provide a new DIRECT-DL mirror to accomplish this! thx XDA )
  • Added full support for Oracle VirtualBox - you can now boot into a VM instead of rebooting the whole PC
    -> you need to downlad and install the Oracle EXTENSION PACK to make full use of USB etc
    -> 8 GB of PC RAM are recommended (give as much as you can to FWUL! e.g. 6 GB)

FWUL_1-0_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-02-13
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Changes:
  • First stable release of FWUL (well the previous ones were stable too but we now feel like that all needed things are working as they should)
  • github changelog
    (wifi issues are fixed in this build besides so many other things.. just read the above changelog)

FWUL_BETA-3_x86-64.iso
Released: 2017-01-17
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Changes:
  • Initial release based on Arch Linux
  • github changelog
  • The following known issue and workaround exists for this particular release:
    Quote:

    I cannot connect password protected wireless network...only free to air connects. When I click on password connected wireless network., it simply don't open.


    There is a package missing which will be included in the next build.
    You can still use Beta-3 when you do this after booting (The procedure has to be repeated on every boot):
    1. click on the WiFi you want to connect to. nothing will happen but it is needed for the next step.
    2. right-click on the network symbol in the panel and select "edit connections"
    3. you should see the WiFi you tried to connect to --> click on it and then on edit
    4. open tab "WiFi security" and type in the WiFi key
    5. Save it and it should connect

    If you can connect once by cable you can follow this instead:
    1. Connect the network cable
    2. Open a terminal (look at the panel at the bottom - black window with c:\ in it)
    3. type in that terminal:
      sudo pacman -S gnome-keyring
    4. you will be asked for your password (linux) and then press Enter when asked to install it
    5. Disconnect the network cable
    6. Afterwards it will work. No reboot. Just try again



FWUL_BETA-2_x86_64.iso
Released: 2017-01-05
Changes:
  • now based on Ubuntu Mini Remix 16.04.1 + all updates/patches up to now
  • switched to 64bit arch because of JOdin mainly
  • reduced file size
  • added: TeamViewer, JOdin3, heimdall (GUI) and other tools
  • new wallpaper background

FWUL-i386-LM18_b1
Released: 2016-12-28
Changes:
  • Initial release based on LM18.1 + all updates/patches up to now, removed some unnecessary stuff, added adb and fastboot etc



Roadmap

NEVER EVER ASK FOR ETAs!!!

To find all planned stuff for the next version(s) go to the official
FWUL Roadmap / Milestones
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FWUL included tools & installers

Here you find some explanations / usage information for FWUL

Quick overview:

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  • Quickly open a terminal or the firefox web browser via icons in the panel
  • An easy access to identify your current FWUL version is a double click on the Welcome icon
  • To open your Download folder or accessing other local files just double click on the Home icon

Installers

FWUL itself includes many stuff but not everything is useful for everyone.
Besides this I try to keep the size of ISO/IMG not growing too much and last but not least I need to avoid licensing issues when delivering software.

This is where the installers steps in. Those Installers are little programs written by me to install all requirements needed with just a double click.

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SP Flash Tools by MediaTek Inc. is a tool to manage all MediaTek devices out there (Example Guide: https://androidmtk.com/flash-stock-r...one-flash-tool)

  • Features: Flashing to Android stock ROM (scatter based), Flash Custom ROM (scatter based), Application for Fixing Bricked device, Advanced Memory testing and verifying, Read / Write parameters, Erasing / Formatting / Reset Your MTK based device and more.. (check out the homepage for all details)
  • Homepage: https://spflashtool.com/


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Sony Flashtool by Androxyde is a S1 flashing software that works for all Sony phones from X10 to Xperia Z Ultra.

  • Features: Root your phone, Install recovery, busybox, custom kernels, rebrand your device and many more (check out the homepage for all details)
  • Homepage: http://www.flashtool.net/


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Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



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Cross-platform Remote Control to easily receive or give support.



Included

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Firefox, Terminal, File Manager are just a small subset but the most used ones. Just open the start menu and explore the rest
For adb or fastboot just open the Terminal and you can start to manage ANY android device.

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Heimdall is a cross-platform open-source tool suite used to flash firmware (aka ROMs) onto Samsung mobile devices.



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JOdin by @AdamOutler is a cross-platform tool used to flash firmware onto Samsung mobile devices. It is basically another frontend to heimdall but with the look & feel like the official ODIN software by Samsung.
Unfortunately there is no further support for JOdin by Adam but the software should work for the most Samsung devices out there. For the rest Heimdall will be your choice.



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The idea of Simple ADB or S-ADB made by @mhashem6 is to give you a GUI experience for ANY android device using adb and fastboot commands. Just select the command from a dropdown and watch the output!



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LG LAF is made by Peter Wu and is an amazing tool for communicating and working with your LG device while in download mode.

LG LAF auth: authenticates a device before connecting (use that one if no-auth hasn't worked for you
LG LAF no-auth: just opens a LAF shell without authenticating
LG LAG NG: opens a local terminal in the lglafng folder (an enhanced version of the original LG LAF tool by Peter). you have to use sudo python2 here (e.g. sudo python2 lglaf.py)


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FWUL LivePatcher should be just an easy way to solve smaller bugs without the need to reinstall the whole IMG.
So don't expect to update an existing v2 to a new v3! Major releases will require a full re-flash This is just for hotfixing known issues
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  1. Secure boot message
    When booting up you may see a message like:
    Unauthorized changes detected
    Or
    Secure boot error
    Or similar.
    This is the windows secure boot detection which should avoid malware to boot. As FWUL is unknown to Microsoft (shame on them ) you get prompted.
    Please try this to enable FWUL to boot: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UE...ot_in_the_BIOS

  2. Can I install FWUL permanently? || Can I dual boot FWUL?
    No. Not yet. Check the roadmap.

  3. Can I save my changes in FWUL? Like a persistent mode in Ubuntu can do?
    Yes when using the persistent mode image (since FWUL v2.0).

  4. What is forgetful mode and/or persistent mode?

    FWUL v2 comes with many improvements and fixes but there is 1 really major improvement: persistent mode.

    From now on you have two options to use FWUL:
    • a so called "forgetful" mode
    • and a "persistent" mode.

    forgetful mode
    works like in previous versions - so when you boot FWUL, install packages (e.g. Sony Flashtool) and then reboot you will start from scratch. If you need e.g. Sony Flashtool again you have to install it again.
    That's the general nature of a live ISO. Using the ISO works in VirtualBox without modifications like the persistent mode requires.
    The good: you can test and install whatever you want just to find out if it would work for you or not. If you damage the system just reboot and you have a clean start again.
    The bad: you have to re-install everything again when you reboot FWUL

    persistent mode
    like forgetful but if you boot in persistent mode all your changes (e.g. installing software, set language, ...) are preserved on next boot!
    Just create your own version of FWUL with all tools and stuff you need and next time you boot all is here!
    Besides this the persistent image also contains a forgetful mode so if you need a clean working experience just select the forgetful mode on boot screen.

    The persistent mode requires(!) an USB stick and you have to download the FWUL persistent ZIP of your choice!
    FWUL persistent comes in 3 sizes (this may change silently in the future!):
    • 8 GB (min 8 GB USB stick) - hosted on AFH only!
    • 15 GB (min 16 GB USB stick) - recommended
    • 30 GB (min 32 GB USB stick) - hosted on AFH only!
    You can use any bigger stick but keep in mind that flashing FWUL on that stick will make the rest of the stick unusable (until you re-format/partition it).
    You can not use any smaller stick for persistent mode. 8 GB is the smallest available if you want to run FWUL persistent.
    ... If you have a smaller USB stick then 8 GB you can still flash FWUL in forgetful mode!

    So what does those sizes mean and which one you should use?
    The size defines the space preserved to save all your changes. Lets say you install TeamViewer then the whole installation will go to this hidden space.
    If you download big files and save them in FWUL they go there as well. On the opposite deleting packages or files will clean that space.
    The persistent storage cannot be re-sized (easily) so when it is out-of-space you have to uninstall packages and/or delete downloaded files.

    In general the 8 GB will work for the most without any issues but if you can choose the 15 GB version which gives you some more extra room just for the case.

    persistent mode - VirtualBox usage
    It is possible to use the persistent image in VirtualBox but this requires a little preparation:

    method 1) link VirtualBox HDD to image (recommended!)
    • Open a command prompt (may not work on all VirtualBox versions and the command is completely unsupported by VB):
      VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -rawdisk FWUL_v2.1_x86_64.img -filename FWUL_v2.1_x86_64.vdi
      if that one does not work for you try:
      VBoxManage convertfromraw FWUL_v2.1_x86_64.img --format VDI FWUL_v2.1_x86_64.vdi

    method 2) using an USB stick
    Windows Guide: Linux Guide:
    • Create a new virtual disk in VirtualBox with the size of the USB stick
    • Open a terminal (may not work on all VirtualBox versions and the command is completely unsupported by VB):
      VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename usbstick.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/XXX
      (where /dev/XXX is your USB stick device - not partition)
      chmod 666 /dev/XXX
    • Add usbstick.vmdk to a VM and boot from it

  5. How can I access my Windows drives/partitions in FWUL?

    Checkout this howto: https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=371

  6. FWUL asks me for a password e.g. when I try to install something or when I change system settings. Why and what's the password?

    Since the beginning Linux is more secure then other OS. One of the important reasons is its user design. You can compare it with Windows UAC if you like but Linux has it implemented by design where windows has added it on top (and this not long time ago first).

    Linux asks for your permission for administrative tasks. Its your personal password for the user logged in. In the case of FWUL you have the
    user android and the
    password linux

    Hint: Windows does not care about case sensitive usernames but Linux will. It's another layer for security because this makes it harder to break credentials.


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Good project Hope it cuts down the load of developers
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Please add an option to use another theme

This is for Windows users not yet brave enough switching over to Linux so ... So no it makes no sense using any other theme for this kind of ISO
btw: you can use other themes when logged in if u like..
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FWUL_BETA-3_x86-64.iso released!
Download: Go to the Download section in the OP
Changes:
  • Initial release based on Arch Linux
  • github changelog
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@steadfasterX ,
its a debloated linux mint ? imma replace my linux distro on dual boot with this and come in github to help a little too.

the name is bad its like you try execute windows in cold blood ! i don't think the purpose of this project is to kick Bill Gates ass
rename it to something that has to do with android or just give it a new name of your choice that best suits to your liking
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@steadfasterX ,
its a debloated linux mint ? imma replace my linux distro on dual boot with this and come in github to help a little too.

the name is bad its like you try execute windows in cold blood ! i don't think the purpose of this project is to kick Bill Gates ass
rename it to something that has to do with android or just give it a new name of your choice that best suits to your liking

No Mint just read the OP

No just put it on a stick that's enough because the ISO is changing and we should test exactly how it would be for the end user..

The name is perfect if you don't like it search urban for FWUL it's fun




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No Mint just read the OP
No just put it on a stick that's enough because the ISO is changing and we should test exactly how it would be for the end user..
The name is perfect if you don't like it search urban for FWUL it's fun

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F*** windows use linux!!

lol
virtual machine with steadfasterX FWUL
so no need to even reboot to live usb.
F**K windows !!!
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