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MX Linux

Last Update: 2018-12-20 08:03 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: 3 (1,900), 6 months: 2 (2,585), 3 months: 2 (3,279), 4 weeks: 1 (4,265), 1 week: 1 (4,473)

Average visitor rating: 9.37/10 from 548 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 http://bugs.mxlinux.org
Related Websites http://mxrepo.com/snapshots/
Reviews 18: Dedoimedo
17: Linux.comCMS CriticOpenSource.comDedoimedoDedoimedoDistroWatch
16: DarkDuckDistroWatchDedoimedo
15: DedoimedoOCS-MagLinux-Community (German)
14.x: DedoimedoDedoimedoBlogspot
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 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
 • More MX Linux releases...

 •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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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 18 17.1 16.1
Release Date 2018-12-20 2018-03-14 2017-06-08
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1300-1400 1200-1300 1100-1300
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems 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
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 18 17.1 16.1
Package 18 17.1 16.1
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.5) -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.98) -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (64.0.2) 64.0 58.0.2 53.0.3
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.7
gcc (8.2.0) 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.8 2.8.22 2.8.18
glibc (2.28) 2.24 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.4) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.24.3) 3.22.11 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (18.12.1) -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 23 18
krita (4.1.7) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.4) 6.0.1 6.0.1 5.2.6
linux (4.20.3) 4.19.5 4.15.4 4.7.8
Package 18 17.1 16.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.12) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) -- -- --
mesa (18.3.2) 18.2.6 13.0.6 12.0.3
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.5) -- -- --
NVIDIA (415.27) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (11.0.1) 8u181 8u151 8u121
openssh (7.9p1) 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.0j 1.0.2l 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.1) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.12.0) 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.9.4) 4.5.12 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (240) 232 232 215
thunderbird (60.4.0) 52.9.1 52.6.0 52.1.1
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.3 2.2.8 2.2.5
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 18
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-19
Votes: 14

Been using MX since the beginning of 2016, dual booting with Win7 on all my portable PCs. The side bar is appropriate for any laptop, notebook, or netbook screen smaller than 15" as it wastes less screen real estate, which ANYONE could learn to appreciate if they gave it half a chance. Indeed, I have modified all of my Win7 installations putting the panel on the Right side instead of the bottom. MX's panel can also be configured to disappear until you bump the edge of the screen with your mouse pointer. The best thing about MX though is the developers' pragmatic philosophy that a Linux distro should "Just Work" without fiddling or tweaking. It DOES--on every system I have ever tried to install it on. Cannot recommend it highly enough !!!

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Version: 18
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-19
Votes: 2

After trying at least 5 other distros, MX Linux is now my everyday system. Really fast install, and fast, reliable distro. Used MX17 for a month, now have been using 18 since it arrived in December 2018. MX Tools and and MX Package Manager are great innovations. Make it easy to install and remove software as needed. Adding flatpak support is also very helpful. Not clear why team thought side panel was a good idea. But was easy to move panel to top or bottom and rearrange icons as desired. I also appreciated the tools for mounting and accessing other drives. Makes easy tasks such backing up to remote drives and accessing files on remote drives. Other distros make this much more difficult.
The only negatives I have found so far involve trying to run etcher, anbox and other software.But those are minor to me.

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Version: 18
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-19
Votes: 10

Been using it for a couple months now and have it installed on a 64Gb sandisk cruiser usb 3 stick. It's amazing that on the stick it loads into ram in about 15 seconds. It is actually faster than my Antergos Cinnamon on an SSD drive as in instantly responsive. It took a while to get used to all the controls and there are a lot of them but once I got it setup the way I liked it it's simple fast and decent looking OS. I have everything I need using this OS. I was worried about my usb storage drives because virtualbox can never use them but all my drives even the drive with Antergos on it are totally accessable so if anything happens I can use this OS to fix the other OS. It's amazing and unlike Puppy with JWM this one finds my hdmi audio on my led TV. I also have a great loading screen when booting. Everything is just so configurable, they tossed the kitchen sink into this distribution.

If you want to try it then put it on a dvd or better a usb 3 stick "FASTER" and load the live session. Then set up your entire desktop the way you want it, add wallpapers to usr/shared/backgrounds, install icon sets and cursors. Remove all the stuff you don't want and for me that was libreoffice and vlc and a few other small things and add the programs you regularly use on a normal disk installed OS. When you completely done then click the install icon on the desktop they give you and have another bigger USB ready. It will then install the desktop you just created onto the other usb completely including settings and make it so it loads into ram and is persistent also. I do recommend having at least 4gb or ram. I have 8 and run it for days without a reboot. I've been running now for about 4 hrs. and I have used no of the 2GB swap on the stick and my ram is at 1.19GB of 8GB used. It's go up a little then the system frees up the ram. I'd give this OS a 12 if I could because they did an outstanding job with everything.

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