MX Linux: A Great Linux Distro Designed with the User in Mind

MX Linux

MX Linux is an impressive Linux distro with Xfce desktop environment as the default. It is lightning fast, stable and yet still offers modern versions of the software you might expect from other Linux distros.

MX Linux is gaining a lot of traction. The number of people using it has grown significantly in the last couple of years. So what’s leading to this kind of growth?

One of the biggest reasons that MX Linux is doing so well is because they have a very close-knit community. In addition, this distro provides great documentation. It’s very easy for people to contribute and get involved.

MX Linux provides amazing choice to the end user about what they want to do and how they want to do it. Certainly, most Linux users know exactly what they want out of their system. They are using Linux because they can change things. Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend in desktop Linux where most of the choices seem to be removed. However MX Linux users definitely enjoy choice.

To put in short, this distro gives sensible tools and fantastic options to their users to let them use what they want to use.

About MX Linux

MX Linux is based on Debian’s Stable branch. It comes with the Xfce desktop environment as standard. The first things you’ll notice about it is that the panel is assigned to the left side of the screen. As a result, the desktop is a perfect mixture of simplicity, ease of use and appeal to more seasoned users. The desktop also comes with Conky, which tells you your system resource usage.

MX Linux Xfce

MX Linux describes itself as midweight Linux distro. It uses some core components from the antiX Linux, designed for older hardware, and builds on them to create a more advanced and modern environment. It is a capable option for lower-powered systems without having to sacrifice usability. In addition, this distro still supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

The distro is strongly focused on the excellent hardware recognition and a visually appealing out-of-box experience.

The History of MX Linux

MEPIS Linux was designed as an alternative to SUSE Linux and Red Hat Linux. Warren Woodford, the creator of MEPIS, achieved a beautiful polish and rock-solid stability. The demise of MEPIS has not been never officially announced, but the resignation of its main developer has been.

MX Linux began in a discussion about future options among members of the MEPIS community in December 2013, once it was clear no more MEPIS Linux releases were coming. Developers from antiX then joined them, bringing the ISO build system. MX Linux was initially presented as a version of antiX.

The name MX was chosen to combine the first letter of MEPIS with the last of antiX, thus symbolizing their collaboration.

MX Linux received its own DistroWatch page with the release of the first public beta of MX-16 on November 2, 2016.

Software Management

One of the best things about MX Linux is the variety of custom tools. They have been built to make the life of the user easier.

MX Package Installer (MXPI) it’s not just another simplified GUI built on top of Synaptic, but it is actually more than that. MXPI has an improved tab structure, where the first tab lists the “Popular Applications”, and the subsequent tabs let you choose from a more complete list of the Stable, Testing or Debian Backports repositories.

MX Package Installer

MX Linux comes with a set of enabled repos that offer you both security and choice. If you are new to MX Linux it is recommended that in general you stick with the default repos at first.

MX Linux: User-Friendliness

MX Tools is a compilation of graphical resources that make MX Linux unique, in comparison to other Linux distributions. A number of applications have been developed specifically for MX Linux to save the user effort with important tasks often involving unintuitive steps. This toolbox offered the ordinary user a chance to perform some common configuration tasks with easy and elegance.

MX Tools is probably the best part of MX Linux, in the sense that it offers a lot of utilities for system maintenance. They are very well put together and makes the system maintenance very easy.

MX Tweak allows users to customize the theme and panel. It lets users change the compositor, GTK settings, screen resolution, reset Thunar file manager right-click actions, and the Lightdm display manager.

MX Updater is an extremely handy and versatile applet sits in the Notification Area. It monitors package updates and notifies you when they are available by making the box green.

Boot options include kernel parameters, GRUB themes, Splash images and other items. This app makes it quick and easy for users to manage these.

MX Snapshot allowing users to create a bootable *.ISO of their installed operating system.

Live-usb maker is a very simple way to put your new Snapshot onto a USB, allowing you to then boot a live session, install to disk or simply retrieve any personal settings and data it may contain.

Bottom Line

MX Linux is one of the best Xfce distros available right now. It includes tons of tools to help users and administrators get things done and it’s built on a rock solid base with Debian. MX Linux is not only RAM/CPU friendly but is also stable and fast. Besides the solid performance, one of the best selling points for it is its ease of use. It has the stability of Debian, the flexibility of Xfce, and familiarity that anyone could appreciate.

Another key ingredient is a very handy collection of system tools designed specifically for it. As a result, MX Linux provides a computing platform that is a bit different and very reliable. It is easy-to-use Linux distro that goes beyond lightweight performance without filling your computer with software bloat.

MX Linux can be used as a daily driver for every user who wants a stable, high-performance, and fast system. 

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