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MX Linux

Last Update: 2019-09-08 12:51 UTC

MX Linux, a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch, is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. Using Xfce as the default desktop, it is a mid-weight operating system designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

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Average visitor rating: 8.98/10 from 928 review(s).

MX Linux Summary
Distribution MX Linux
Home Page https://mxlinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.mxlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://mxlinux.org/manualshttps://www.mxlinux.org/wiki
Screenshots https://mxlinux.org/screenshotsDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts https://mxlinux.org/videoshttps://youtu.be/9lyJV5DdRnA
Download Mirrors https://mxlinux.org/download-links#Mirrors
Bug Tracker https://us-bz3.devzing.com/mx_antix/
Related Websites http://mxrepo.com/snapshots/
Reviews 18: CMS CriticDedoimedo
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16: DarkDuckDistroWatchDedoimedo
15: DedoimedoOCS-MagLinux-Community (German)
14.x: DedoimedoDedoimedoBlogspot
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-08: Development Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 2.1
 • 2019-08-26: Development Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 1
 • 2019-05-28: Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.3
 • 2019-04-08: Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.2
 • 2019-02-10: Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.1
 • 2018-12-20: Distribution Release: MX Linux 18
 • 2018-12-18: Development Release: MX Linux 18 RC1
 • 2018-12-03: Development Release: MX Linux 18 Beta 1
 • 2018-03-15: Distribution Release: MX Linux 17.1
 • 2018-03-06: Development Release: MX Linux 17.1 RC1
 • 2017-12-15: Distribution Release: MX Linux 17
 • 2017-11-06: Development Release: MX Linux 17 Beta 1
 • More MX Linux releases...

 •2019-04-29 MX asks for help maintaining systemd-shim
 •2019-01-18 MX launches new bug tracker
 •2018-09-14 Making it easier to get Flatpaks
 •2018-09-13 Workaround for Chromium password prompts
 •2018-06-01 MX-14 reaches end of life
 •2018-04-11 MX's new FAQ page
 •2018-02-26 Improvements in MX 17.1
 •2017-03-16 Fixing an expired GPG signature
 • More MX Linux headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 19-beta2.1 18.3 17.1 16.1
Release Date 2019-09-08 2019-05-27 2018-03-14 2017-06-08
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1300-1500 1200-1300 1100-1300
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 19-beta2.1 18.3 17.1 16.1
Package 19-beta2.1 18.3 17.1 16.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.15.3) -- -- -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.75) -- -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.10 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (69.0) 69.0 66.0.2 58.0.2 53.0.3
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.7
gcc (9.2.0) 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.12 2.10.8 2.8.22 2.8.18
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.34.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk (3.24.11) 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- --
k3b (19.08.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 26 23 23 18
krita (4.2.6) -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.1) 6.1.5 6.0.1 6.0.1 5.2.6
linux (5.3) 4.19.67 4.19.37 4.15.4 4.7.8
Package 19-beta2.1 18.3 17.1 16.1
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.8) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- -- -- --
mesa (19.1.6) 18.3.6 18.2.6 13.0.6 12.0.3
mysql (8.0.17) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.0) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (435.21) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.2) 11.0.4 8u212 8u151 8u121
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1c 1.1.0j 1.0.2l 1.0.1t
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.9) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.5) -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 3.7.3 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.13.1) 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.11.0) 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (243) 241 232 232 215
thunderbird (68.1.0) 60.8.0 52.9.1 52.6.0 52.1.1
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 3.0.6 2.2.8 2.2.5
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.14.1 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 19-beta2.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-15
Votes: 9

Easy and understandable installation, like a Swiss army knife MX is packed with tools you
may or may not need. Give greater choice and leave it up to the user to find his choice of
tools is very welcome with those taking the first steps on the Linux Road..
What is not needed is easily and safely removed, if you are not short on drive space, why
bother, you might want it next week.
Anything you miss is certainly out there somewhere in the Debian Universe.

Appearance is not to your choice, customize it, a few minutes later you have your desktop
your way. Special wishes take a little longer but Linux gives you choice.

Reviewer says Ubuntu is easier to read and navigate, that is a family of variants, without
knowing which desktop, which icons etc no help to readers.

This is declared a beta but outperforms almost anything I have used before, I bow in awe
to the developer team. AntiX is faster, lighter as are some puppy Variants but none feel
as balanced.

Caveats, The LTS Firefox is not the fastest in the business, I installed Palemoon and
Firefox Quantum. Prefer Palemoon for speed and low memory usage.

On my setup I had sound issues because I insist on ALSA sound system. Quantum
wants pulse which muddles my sound. Fix is well described on AntiX forum by one calling
an Antixian named Moddit. Weird but Found that post easy to follow.
Libre Office is rather ancient, hope that will change in final.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 19-beta2.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-09-14
Votes: 5

In many ways, this is an excellent distribution. It is Debian Buster with the need to learn how the internals work, particularly concerning packaging, removed, a lot of custom graphical utilities, easy access to newer packages than Buster (in some, but not all, cases) and, in particular, an update of Xfce from 4.12 to the recently-released 4.14. However, it needs a facelift.

The most striking feature of MX is that it is fast. It has probably the fastest desktop I have ever seen on a six-year-old i5-based machine, and is even fast when run in a test VM. Everything opens instantly.

It has a lot of packages installed by default and a lot of duplication, particularly as regards music and video. Similarly, the MX utilities cover a lot of ground but are a combination of some utilities integrated via a control panel and some that are standalone. A bit of rationalisation here would make the system menu much less cluttered. That said, utilities and features such as Conky which are hard to configure normally are much easier to do so here.

My biggest issue is that the themes are dated. The dark themes are based on Arc-Dark (which hasn't been updated for two years) so are dark blue rather than black or near-black; also, Papyrus is the favoured icon theme, but theming is moving away from unifying all icons with the same design elements. I have poor eyesight and find Ubuntu much easier - in fact, the easiest distribution - to read and navigate: quite a bit of tweaking - outside the MX utilities - is needed in my case to make an acceptable desktop.

Perhaps this is silly, but the huge and fuzzy "MX Linux" on top of each wallpaper should go as it really detracts from the appearance.

Overall, a technically excellent distribution but a hard look at the desktop appearance, as Mint has recently done to its benefit, is needed.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 18.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-09-13
Votes: 41

Switched from Manjaro, glad I did as the experience is a lot better. And I have tried many distros including Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Knoppix, Debian, and Slackware.

- Everything works out of the box including the wifi. I got a 2019 model HP laptop.

- MX tools for ease of configuration and management of your box. You will rarely need to touch config scripts.

- Speed. Damn, sometimes I can't keep up with my box. Slow the f down!

- Stability. Comparable to Slackware. Never had a crash or hangup. Respect to Debian Stable.

- XFCE. Tiling, keyboard shortcuts, customization, aesthetics, and most importantly lightweight. You get a full desktop environment at a tiny fraction of resources. Can't beat that.

- The installer is straightforward and versatile. It's got GParted built-in. I used it to partition my hard drive before I installed MX. Installation was very easy and didn't take long. Very pleased with it.

- Fantastic manual. Everything you need is there, from installation to configuration/customization. There are also tips and tricks. Very friendly and straightforward. No BS.

- Awesome community and access to huge Debian packages.

I'll be using this and Slackware as my daily driver for a while. They are clean, let you do your job and most importantly they don't get in your way.

Now, see why I gave it a 10?

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