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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 (with separate KDE Plasma and Fluxbox editions also available), 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: 8.09/10 from 595 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#MirrorsDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://us-bz3.devzing.com/mx_antix/
Related Websites MX Community Repository
Reviews 23: DistroWatchMichlFranken (German)
21: DedoimedoMichlFranken (German) • The RegisterFOSS PostDedoimedoDedoimedoDistroWatch
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17: Linux.comCMS CriticOpenSource.comDedoimedoDedoimedoDistroWatch
16: DarkDuckDistroWatchDedoimedo
15: DedoimedoOCS-MagLinux-Community (German)
14.x: DedoimedoDedoimedoBlogspot
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try The Linux ShopDonate

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-20: Distribution Release: MX Linux 23.3
 • 2024-01-22: Distribution Release: MX Linux 23.2
 • 2023-10-16: Distribution Release: MX Linux 23.1
 • 2023-07-31: Distribution Release: MX Linux 23
 • 2023-07-14: Development Release: MX Linux 23 RC1
 • 2023-06-16: Development Release: MX Linux 23 Beta 2
 • 2023-05-29: Development Release: MX Linux 23 Beta 1
 • 2023-01-15: Distribution Release: MX Linux 21.3
 • 2022-08-29: Distribution Release: MX Linux 21.2
 • 2022-04-10: Distribution Release: MX Linux 21.1
 • 2021-10-21: Distribution Release: MX Linux 21
 • 2021-10-06: Development Release: MX Linux 21 RC1
 • More MX Linux releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2021-11-25 MX releases new Advanced Hardware Support edition
 • 2019-12-15 MX Linux introduces MX-Fluxbox
 • 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...

Table Notes and Explanations
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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.
Feature 23.3
libretto
21.3
wildflower
19.4
Release Date 2024-05-20 2023-01-15 2021-04-01
End Of Life 2028-06 2026-06  
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1700-2600 1400-2300 1500-1900
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Fluxbox, KDE Plasma, Xfce Fluxbox, KDE Plasma, Xfce KDE Plasma, Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, 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 23.3 21.3 19.4
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 22.0.0 19.1.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 5.0
bind (9.20.0) -- -- --
chromium (127.0.6533.72) -- -- --
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.2.10
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.44.5
firefox (128.0.2) 126.0 108.0.2 87.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.9.1
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1 8.3.0
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.34 2.10.28 2.10.12
glibc (2.40) 2.36 2.31 2.28
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- -- --
gnucash (5.8) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.06 2.04
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24 3.24.5
httpd (2.4.62) -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- --
k3b (24.05.2) 22.12.3 21.08.0 18.08.1
kmod (32) 30 28 26
krita (5.2.3) -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.5) 7.4.7 7.0.4 6.1.5
linux (6.10) 6.1.90 5.10.158 4.19.181
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- --
mesa (24.1.4) 23.1.2 22.0.5 20.3.4
mysql (9.0.1) -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- --
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (22) 17.0.11u1 11.0.16 11.0.9.1
openssh (9.8p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.9p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.11d 1.1.1n 1.1.1d
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.28.1
php (8.3.9) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.1.3) 5.27.5 5.20.5 5.14.5
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.2 3.9.2 3.7.3
qt (6.7.2) 6.4.2 5.15.2 5.11.3
samba (4.20.2) 4.17.12 4.13.13 4.9.5
systemd (256.3) 252.6 247.3 241
thunderbird (128.0) 115.11.0 78.13.0 68.12.0
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2 8.1
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.12
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.0 4.14.2
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 1.20.14 1.20.10


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Version: 23.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-07-23
Votes: 1


MX Linux has a couple things that no other distro can match.

First of all it's package installer "MX Package Installer" is miles faster that any other software like gnome-software or discover. Not only is it faster but it doesn't lack any of the features, in particular it comes with flatpak support.

Secondly it is very fast, it comes with all the neccecary features pre setup like bluetooth, backing up, clean up tasks, update notifiers. Even with all these things, it comes out faster than most other environments.

Last of all, the installer was very easy and it's preconfigured xfce setup comes with very helpfull panel "applets"


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Version: 23.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-07-19
Votes: 5


I'm new to MxLinux and have never used an XFCE desktop.
My experiance in short, this OS is extremely fast.
Like other Linux users, I also use a number of distributions and moving in-out by finding unnecessary reasons.
I've used and continue to use distributions based on GNOME, KDE, and Cinnamon, and I've discovered that this OS responds far faster than the others.
This is the USP I discovered in MX Linux (XFCE), and I noticed the difference while I was using it on the same machine back to back.
Because this operating system is based on Debian and other useful applications is readily available, I truly enjoyed using it.
I would like to thank the developers and other contributors for this outstanding distro. I plan to update all of my PCs to MxLinux in the future. I'll test out some other XFCE distributions as well to make sure it's a DE or MxLinux OS advantage.
I felt bad for myself for not giving attention for this distro before.
Number 1 in distrowatch for a reason.


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Version: 23.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-07-19
Votes: 4


I *almost* love it. I could see using it as a daily driver for a workstation. But you can't fault people for wanting a new coat of paint. Let me elaborate:

The good: (1) Built on Debian Stable; (2) The software installer has custom repositories with Flatpaks enabled by default, which make the package base very strong; (3) XFCE is given an attractive, pre-customized interface that actually looks pretty sleek and feels responsive and quick; (4) The community forums are active; (5) The installer was essentially painless to set up a working dual-boot system with Windoze; (6) The distro overall gives the user a lot of control and doesn't make too many decisions on your behalf.

The meh: It's a retro experience -- Reminiscent of something from the early 2000s. Many people talk about the pre-bundled utilities it comes with. But take another look - those packages include a lot of things like CD burners and CD rippers (who uses those??), but not OBS studio (a glaring omission). Some of the utilities feel a bit cobbled-together with duct tape. For example, the user manual is helpful, but it's just a PDF file that looks like something I might receive from an amateur spam marketer. TheNvidia driver installer script is literally just that -- a script file that runs in a terminal (No GUI or user-friendly configuration options). The "Papirus Folder Colors" essentially just give you some hyperlinks and walk you through the download/installation.

There is nothing "wrong" with this more rustic, simple approach, since they do, in fact work. But other, more modern-feeling distros in the Debian branch will go a step further and automate a lot of those functions with attractive interfaces and GUIs.

In summary: It's like buying a used Toyota Tacoma with 40K miles on it. There's no reason you can't drive it for the rest of your life, and definitely smarter than buying a new Ram truck that will break in 3 years. And there's something charming about utilitarian minimalism. But all else being equal, other distros do basically the same thing with better aesthetics.

As a computer-savvy elder millennial, I appreciate the throwback. But all else being equal... I don't see much reason to prefer it over Mint.


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