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MX Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:03 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 11 (771), 6 months: 7 (1,072), 3 months: 5 (1,226), 4 weeks: 4 (1,404), 1 week: 4 (1,250)

Average visitor rating: 9.56/10 from 299 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#MirrorsLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://mxlinux.org/bugs-features
Related Websites http://mxrepo.com/snapshots/
Reviews 17: Linux.comCMS CriticOpenSource.comDedoimedoDedoimedoDistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2017-06-08: Distribution Release: MX Linux 16.1
 • 2016-12-14: Distribution Release: MX Linux 16
 • 2016-11-25: Development Release: MX Linux 16 RC1
 • 2016-11-02: Development Release: MX Linux 16 Beta 1
 • 2015-12-24: Distribution Release: MX Linux 15
 • 2015-11-08: Development Release: MX Linux 15 Beta 1
 • 2015-03-24: Distribution Release: MX Linux 14.4
 • 2014-12-04: Distribution Release: MX Linux 14.3
 • More MX Linux releases...

 •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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Feature 17.1 16.1
Release Date 2018-03-14 2017-06-08
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1200-1300 1100-1300
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems 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
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 17.1 16.1
Package 17.1 16.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.1) -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (60.0.2) 58.0.2 53.0.3
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.7
gcc (8.1.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.2) 2.8.22 2.8.18
glibc (2.27) 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.33) -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- --
k3b (18.04.2) -- --
kmod (25) 23 18
krita (4.0.4)    
libreoffice (6.0.4) 6.0.1 5.2.6
linux (4.17.2) 4.15.4 4.7.8
Package 17.1 16.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- --
mesa (18.1.2) 13.0.6 12.0.3
mysql (8.0.11) -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) 8u151 8u121
openssh (7.7p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2l 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.6) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.11.1) 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.8.2) 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (238) 232 215
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.6.0 52.1.1
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.3) 2.2.8 2.2.5
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.2
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-18
Votes: 18

I can only confirm other positive reviews. I have been using this much-needed, very-stable, non-systemd distro for the last couple of months at a computer at work and my experience has been very smooth.


-Non-systemd (can't be stressed enough considering most other distros use it)
-Synaptic package manager makes your life easy
-Hardware compatibility
-Rock-solid, stable
-Easy integration with Tor and VPNs.

No cons that I could think of.

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-18
Votes: 11

After discovering linux two years ago, my experience has left me quite disillusioned with the low standard and focus on stability and ease of use in many popular distributions. My experience with Ubuntu 16.04 through to 18.04, with it's frequent errors and crashes left me utterly bewildered after experiencing much better stability with Fedora, which is touted as bleeding edge.

Which led me to Debian, which was a much better computing experience but I always felt a bit lost as long as there was more to learn.

Shortly after I discovered Point Linux, just as it is being considered abandoned. For a little known distro, it was #1 on DW ranking's list for the longest time and judging by the enthusiasm and appreciation showed by users around the globe, they were doing something right. Specifically, a stable base, a STABLE VERSION of a desktop environment (unlike the beta quality put out by Ubuntu LTS releases), minimal tweaking to provide sane defaults, and a repository for slightly newer software than what is available in Debian.

This is what I personally appreciate from MX. All of the above, plus a team that focuses on usability and user preference, with only more good to come. What they've been able to accomplish puts those companies with bigger resources to shame.

That the MX Tools are quite handy is an understatement, though even without these, MX holds its own as a contender for the most stable and most pleasing computing experience I've ever experienced.

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-18
Votes: 4

Having used Kubuntu Plasma (I prefer KDE to the others) I was very disappointed how unreliable Kubuntu is. It looks great but the worst thing about it is their package downloader which is full of bugs. It jumps around on the screen and does't let you know what its doing. A lot of programs just will not work on it, but MX is totally different, everything works!
I had a panic attack when I inadvertently removed the main menu icon from the task-bar. This is called the 'Whisker menu', whatever that means. I could not get to any Programs to load so I right clicked the task-bar and chose a new main menu icon. This came on but it was stone dead. Clicking on it made no difference. After attempting for ages to get it back through the console I could not get anywhere.
Then I went through the 'Tweaks' menus which are a bunch of useful utilities provided by MX.
Lo and behold I found a heading saying 'restore the original task bar', clicked it and job done.
How many other distros would have the foresight to provide all this. Full marks to MX.
The packages you can download are formidable as I use the Synaptics package installer and the Muon one. MX aslo tells you which libs you don't need and even tells you how to get rid of them through the command line like 'autoremove'.
There is such a wide choice of desktop arrangements you can have its formidable. My choice of window was one which you roll up, how useful.Together with Compiz this makes screen management so efficient. This makes MX stand out as an ideal Linux platform.

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