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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: 6 (1,149), 6 months: 5 (1,518), 3 months: 4 (1,810), 4 weeks: 4 (2,001), 1 week: 4 (2,046)

Average visitor rating: 9.5/10 from 388 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 https://mxlinux.org/bugs-features
Related Websites http://mxrepo.com/snapshots/
Reviews 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:
 • 2018-03-15: 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...

 •2018-09-14 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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Manjaro 17.1.11$5.95
Fedora 28$5.95
MX Linux 17.1$5.95
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Feature 17.1 16.1
Release Date 2018-03-14 2017-06-08
End Of Life    
Price (US$) 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 (18.30) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.3) -- --
chromium (69.0.3497.100) -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (62.0.2) 58.0.2 53.0.3
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.7
gcc (8.2.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.6) 2.8.22 2.8.18
glibc (2.28) 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.30.0) -- --
gnucash (3.2) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.34) -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- --
k3b (18.08.1) -- --
kmod (25) 23 18
krita (4.1.1)    
libreoffice (6.1.1) 6.0.1 5.2.6
linux (4.18.9) 4.15.4 4.7.8
Package 17.1 16.1
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- --
mariadb (10.3.9) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- --
mesa (18.2.1) 13.0.6 12.0.3
mysql (8.0.12) -- --
nautilus (3.30.0) -- --
NVIDIA (396.54) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u151 8u121
openssh (7.8p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2l 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.10) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.5) -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- --
postgresql (10.5) -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.11.2) 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.9.0) 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (239) 232 215
thunderbird (60.0) 52.6.0 52.1.1
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.4) 2.2.8 2.2.5
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.2
xorg-server (1.20.1) 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-21
Votes: 9

The most efficient distro I came across so far in 10 years:
- Stable (Based on Debian Stable), but thanks to an excellent backporting most packages are much more updated than those of Ubuntu/Mint repositories
- Extremely fast, even on virtual machines or i386 architecture
- Really excellent hardware recognition
- The best provided documentation I found for a distro (as regards the forum, I can't judge yet, because I had no issue)
- XFCE: the best ever desktop environment as its flagship
- You don't like the proposed look ? It's XFCE, customize it easily as you want
- Montlhy snapshots ISOs are a kind favor
- Great MX tools
- Everything fluidly works! Period.
As for any distro, thera are some flaws that can be improved:
- some lack in package translations
- the distro installer is functional and really fast, but not the best around: too many dispersed questions
- the package installer is also functional, but not so appealing, software descriptions are too concise and without users' feedbacks (if compared to software centers of other distros)
In summary, this distro is approaching perfection. In my opinion it hasn't yet passed Mint as the best distro for novices but very little is missing.
For everyone else (and mee too) it's the best you can find now.

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-18
Votes: 36

I'm a long time antiX user and recently got a more powerfull desktop (with 3 gig of RAM, 1800 Mhz 64bits single core CPU and a NVIDIA GF108 [GeForce GT 730] card) and installed MX.
I can only say it runs like a dream. Auto detected my HP office jet pro (prints and scans out of the box, no instalation needed), the nouveou video driver offered a very good video output (MX plays 1080 hd video via VLC and mplayer).
"Pros": Extremely fast and very responsive in every use I can think of. Has a small " app store" that allows the easy install of the main web browsers and much more. Also has flatpak easy instalations (it lacks only discriptions of the apps).

The only "cons" I can think off:
1 - For the distro to start from live USB I had to use the "from=USB" option... Then I had to manualy install Firefox in my own language (both the user interface and language corrector) , I have to manually install Libreoffice Quick start (granted most more recent PC's don't need this because Libreoffice starts very fast on them, but it's usefull on a older pc with memory to spare, like mine).
2 - Almost not directly related to the distro itself: I had many problems installing the nvidea video driver (MX has a dedicated application for it- just type nvidia in the menu box, press enter and it installs, but for unkown reasons, the driver kept insisting on giving me 640x480 only). Also, not that big deal: the Google Earth that MX tries to install refuses to install. I had to download the .deb file and manually install that.

Veredict: the best Operating System I've ever used (tried all versions of Windows since 3.1 -except NT and 2000 - and many, many linux distros over the years, more recently Mint, Xubuntu and antiX).

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Version: 17.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-17
Votes: 35

Incredible the reactivity of the amazing and exceptional MXLinux team! 10 days were enough to resolve the situation of the vulnerabilities variants 3a and 4.
MX is reliable, very stable, solid, secure, up to date, fast, easy to use, fluid, rich in tools that make life easier. plus, all the huge logitech of the venerable Debian mother. I tell you that it is a jewel not to be missed. For me it's settled, I discovered the eldorado.
Cons: Nothing at all

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