MX Linux 17.1

Shashank Sharma’s ex­pec­ta­tions of a mod­ern-day dis­tri­bu­tion is a lum­ber­ing Go­liath, which makes this dis­tro fall squarely into the David camp.

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If what Shashank Sharma ex­pects from a dis­tri­bu­tion is Go­liath, MX Linux is def­i­nitely David, with pos­si­bly the eas­i­est and slick­est dis­tro of 2018 so far.

The dis­tri­bu­tion is based on De­bian Sta­ble and can trace its ori­gins to the com­ing to­gether of the Mepis and an­tiX com­mu­ni­ties. Along with a lightweight and re­spon­sive XFCE en­vi­ron­ment, the USP for MX Linux is its user­friend­li­ness and the ar­ray of ba­sic and advanced cus­tom tools. You’ll also ap­pre­ci­ate So­lus if you like dis­tros that come with cus­tom tools.

Ac­cord­ing to sev­eral stud­ies, the hu­man brain is much quicker to form neg­a­tive con­clu­sions than de­velop a pos­i­tive opin­ion. You can ex­pe­ri­ence this phe­nom­e­non your­self when you try a new beer or come across yet an­other Ni­cholas Cage film. If you’re im­pa­tient, you can find out this re­view­ers thoughts about MX Linux by glanc­ing at the ver­dict box.

The lat­est re­lease of MX Linux is based on De­bian Sta­ble, but the project started when the Mepis and an­tiX com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether. But don’t let its an­ces­try cloud your judge­ment. The dis­tri­bu­tion ships live in­stal­lable ISO images for 32- and 64-bit images. Along with XFCE desk­top, the dis­tri­bu­tion boasts of a large selec­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions out of the box, in­clud­ing es­sen­tial of­fice and mul­ti­me­dia soft­ware, and even a hand­ful of games.

You can launch the in­staller by click­ing the icon on the desk­top. The dis­tri­bu­tion fea­tures a cus­tom in­staller, which asks the per­ti­nent ques­tions like the tar­get lo­ca­tion and if you choose to carve space for MX Linux, the in­staller launches t. You must also choose the destination for the GRUB boot­loader, but that’s it. Cus­tomi­sa­tions ga­lore The XFCE desk­top fea­tures a bot­tom panel and a side­bar that’s home to es­sen­tial el­e­ments such as the vol­ume knob and bat­tery in­di­ca­tor. The launcher fea­tures a search bar to help you nar­row down a spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion with­out hav­ing to nav­i­gate through the dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories such as Of­fice, Mul­ti­me­dia and so on.

One wel­come out­come of its re­liance on XFCE, and per­haps its mixed her­itage is that MX Linux is fast, much more so than most desk­top dis­tri­bu­tions. We al­most couldn’t be­lieve it when the dis­tri­bu­tion man­aged to run the Snap­shot tool with­out er­rors, even in a se­verely lim­ited Vir­tu­alBox en­vi­ron­ment with less than 2GB RAM.

An­other ad­van­tage of choos­ing De­bian Sta­ble as its base is that MX Linux is in­cred­i­bly re­li­able. Even when you’re hors­ing around with es­o­teric tools such as SM

Tube, which can be used to search videos on YouTube. The dis­tri­bu­tion also sup­ports play­ing var­i­ous au­dio and video for­mats out of the box.

The dis­tro also boasts of sev­eral im­por­tant cus­tom tools, which the of­fi­cial man­ual refers to as advanced and ba­sic. The lat­ter com­prises tools such as pack­age in­staller, NVIDIA graph­ics driv­ers in­staller and more, whereas com­plex tools such as Snap­shot, with which you can cre­ate a bootable ISO of your cur­rent in­stal­la­tion, are iden­ti­fied as advanced.

You can change the ap­pear­ance, in­clud­ing the theme and the po­si­tion of the panel with the MX Tweak tool.

On the MX Pack­ageIn­staller, in­stalled ap­pli­ca­tions are greyed out, and you can use the drop-down list at the topright to list only the In­stalled, Upgrad­able and Not in­stalled ap­pli­ca­tions. The ap­pli­ca­tions are sorted into ap­pro­pri­ate cat­e­gories such as Games, Graph­ics, Of­fice and Tor­rent. You will find all these cus­tom tools and more listed un­der the MX Tools menu.

In a de­par­ture from most other desk­top dis­tri­bu­tions, MX Linux fea­tures a thor­ough off­line man­ual, span­ning more than 100 pages, and the project also hosts a fo­rum board and user con­trib­uted video tu­to­ri­als to help you ac­cli­ma­tise to the dis­tri­bu­tion. Where avail­able, the user man­ual it­self pro­vides links to the video tu­to­ri­als.

The thor­ough doc­u­men­ta­tion and the de­fault soft­ware set makes MX Linux ideal for new­bies as well as sea­soned Linux users. If you’re look­ing for a quick and re­spon­sive dis­tri­bu­tion, but don’t want to switch to ei­ther Arch or any other rolling-re­lease vari­ant, you’re un­likely to find a more ver­sa­tile dis­tri­bu­tion than MX Linux.

Among its many cus­tom tools is a live USB creator tool bor­rowed from an­tiX, and can be used to cre­ate USB de­vice with per­sis­tent stor­age.

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