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Last Update: 2024-05-31 13:44 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 (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.

Average visitor rating: 8.09/10 from 594 review(s).


MX Linux Summary
Distribution MX Linux
Home Page https://mxlinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.mxlinux.org/
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Documentation https://mxlinux.org/manualshttps://www.mxlinux.org/wiki
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Bug Tracker https://us-bz3.devzing.com/mx_antix/
Related Websites MX Community Repository
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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...

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Feature 23.3
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21.3
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19.4 18.3 17.1 16.1
Release Date 2024-05-20 2023-01-15 2021-04-01 2019-05-27 2018-03-14 2017-06-08
End Of Life 2028-06 2026-06   2022-06 2022-06 2020-06
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Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
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Init Software systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV SysV SysV
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Full Package List 23.3 21.3 19.4 18.3 17.1 16.1
Package 23.3
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21.3
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alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.8 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 22.0.0 19.1.0 18.1.0 -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.182) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.2 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (128.0) 126.0 108.0.2 87.0 66.0.2 58.0.2 53.0.3
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.7
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.34 2.10.28 2.10.12 2.10.8 2.8.22 2.8.18
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.06 2.04 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.22.11 2.24.25
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 23 23 18
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.5) 7.4.7 7.0.4 6.1.5 6.0.1 6.0.1 5.2.6
linux (6.10) 6.1.90 5.10.158 4.19.181 4.19.37 4.15.4 4.7.8
Package 23.3
libretto
21.3
wildflower
19.4 18.3 17.1 16.1
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 18.2.6 13.0.6 12.0.3
mysql (9.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (22) 17.0.11u1 11.0.16 11.0.9.1 8u212 8u151 8u121
openssh (9.8p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.11d 1.1.1n 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.0.2l 1.0.1t
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2
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 2.7.13 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (6.7.2) 6.4.2 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.20.2) 4.17.12 4.13.13 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (256.2) 252.6 247.3 241 232 232 215
thunderbird (128.0) 115.11.0 78.13.0 68.12.0 52.9.1 52.6.0 52.1.1
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.12 3.0.6 2.2.8 2.2.5
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.0 4.14.2 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 1.20.14 1.20.10 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 23.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-07-19
Votes: 4


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: 2


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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Version: 21.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-07-13
Votes: 0


I recently reinstalled mxlinux 23 on a machine as the update botched my system. It is working good, but now on my Mxlinux 21.3, the gufw went out with the graphical no longer coming up with the ufw. I can use the terminal with all the usual commands to check on ufw being enable-other settings, etc. I have tried both the systemd as well as the sysVinit & both are botched as far as showing the gufw part. I like being able to see the connections, especially the multiple instances of the same software (vpn-example) to keep an eye on things as well as making sure my deny, etc. are in the rules, clicking between the rules-other tabs. This happened before with the 21 & I tried, like now uninstalling, reinstalling & even went as far as putting firewalld on (that doesn't show me the same info). I have to have to reinstall the whole system & take chances with the updates that the same thing will happen as it did before (I did reinstall the OS before to fix the problem). I like MX-linux but this happening after the botched 23 recent update is wearing on me considering this particular problem happened before. I am not one to run to complain (try to fix my problems myself). This is my third year with Linux OS's. I have near 30 different distro's I am learning & would have readily said that MX linux is at the top, but as said earlier, this is wearing on me. I don't want to be hitting my head against the wall over & over reinstalling the OS-re-setting up all the apps, etc. At the top are the Arch distros: Mabox, Manjaro (have all the different ones including Budgie), which I have minimal problems like this with (actually never had gufw go out on me). The usability-setup of MX linux's has been easy to do. Based on my high opinion of MX-linux, I will give it an 8.5 on what is going on now but there is no 8.5 to rate so I either choose 9 or 8....lol I will settle for 9 because I really do like MX-linux!!!!


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