MX Linux | The Middleweight Champ

It’s been quite some time now since I took a look at the midweight Linux distribution, MX-Linux. It’s based on Debian and uses XFCE as it’s default environment utilising a one panel layout which is positioned on the left hand side of the screen. It comes installed with some very handy tools specifically crafted for MX Linux. These include easy to use package installers, Boot Menu editors, Tweak tools and a whole lot more.

I’m very impressed how all of this has been setup on a solid and sturdy base being Debian stable. I particularly liked the pain free process of installing MX-Fluxbox. Fluxbox is a lightweight window manager and MX Linux included a very simple tool to install it that was done in under a minute. You can install install additional desktop environments from the included GUI for managing packages including desktops such as Budgie,KDE,MATE and LXDE. You can also use this same GUI to install and manage flatpak applications directly from the flathub repository which I found very user friendly.

Overall MX Linux is a very solid distribution which contains a lot of tools and features that should suit most users needs. I can see now why it’s become such a popular choice for many Linux users out there. I’ll be keeping an even closer eye out for future releases of this distribution. What do you think of MX Linux? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • 10 October 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Heck, I’ll just copy & paste my feelings about MX Linux right now instead of rambling on. 😉


    Right now I’m kinda feeling MX Linux’s brand spanking new KDE release. Rock solid due to being based on Debian Stable & the great work from antiX. Plus you have the world famous MX Tools that makes SysAdmin duties for anybody child’s play. And don’t forget the great MX Package Installer that gives you popular apps from its Stable Repo, MX Test Repo, Debian Backports or Flatpak. Your choice!
    And if that weren’t enough, it has no SystemD by default. But you can switch to SystemD anytime you boot up – if you want. Talk about versatility. No other distro I can recall does that.

    Oh, this O/S is stable as hell to being almost boring. Just the way I like it. I can easily get 340 to 440 MB RAM usage at startup depending on what auto-start services I want from the default installation. Try that with any recent O/S based on GTK3 with all the goodies that KDE brings.

    MX Linux KDE edition is so stable that you wanna cry for all the other Windoze users stuck in Windows 10 Update Hell. Or those Linux users stuck with “breaking updates” a la Arch, Ubuntu, Linux Mint et al.

    No wonder it’s come out of no where to be the #1 ranked distro on DistroWatch. Superficial? Yes. But don’t forget Manjaro & Linux Mint were perrenial #1 for MANY YEARS, so I believe it is a changing of the guard. Hence I’m installing MX Linux KDE this on EVERYBODY’s machine now, and they LOVE it!

    Anywho, I’ve always hearted MATE since it is so reliable & just stays out of my way. Point Linux around 2014-2016 had an amazing MATE edition which was praised by many tech writers. Too bad it’s developer is just too busy trying to make a living.

    However since the latest MATE is based on GTK3, it has gotten a bit bloated like Xfce. But KDE — especially knowing the way the MX Team is fussy about efficiency & QUALITY — has been a remarkable experience on MX Linux. I don’t miss MATE any more due to that fact.


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