What is MX Linux? The reliable and lean Linux solution

MX Linux is a solid operating system and impresses users because it is reliable and has a comparatively lean built. The Linux distribution is based on Debian and antiX and is aimed at more conservative users.

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What is MX Linux?

MX Linux is now one of the most popular and widely used Linux distributions. Its developers describe MX Linux as a medium-weight system with a solid desktop environment, efficient resource usage, and high stability. The distribution lives up its intended purposes and has already convinced plenty of users to give it a go. MX Linux is based on Debian and uses antiX as well as MX components. An association of members of the MEPIS community and developers of antiX known as MX Dev Team are behind the distribution. MX Linux was first released in 2014 and remains open source to this day.

What does MX Linux offer?

What’s special about MX Linux is that the operating system is not special at all, or at least does not place much importance on it. Instead, the focus is on a solid base, a lean desktop, and a user-friendly approach, which is great for novices too. Although MX Linux is not quite as light as the more minimalist Arch Linux, the distribution is lean compared to other operating systems. That’s partially because of the Xfce desktop, which can be replaced with a KDE Plasma. Thanks to the included antiX elements, MX Linux can be set up as a live system and tested in this way.

MX Linux contains numerous programs that make it easy to use right from the start. For example, Firefox, GIMP, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, and the VLC player are pre-installed. MX Linux also provides MX tools for system management and keeping your hard disk clean. The MX Snapshot tool lets users copy live sessions into a single ISO file. A graphical installation guide is included for users without much prior knowledge to help them get going.

What are the system requirements of the Linux distribution?

MX Linux is a mid-range operating system bound to run smoothly on many computers. System requirements are at least 8.5 GB of memory and 1 GB of RAM. However, 20 GB memory and 2 GB RAM or more are recommended. The installation is performed either via DVD or a bootable USB stick. The system is available in a 32-bit and a 64-bit variant. Since 2021, the Fluxbox RaspberryPi Respin “Ragout” unofficial offshoot has been available. However, its system requirements differ slightly.

Who is MX Linux suitable for?

MX Linux is a comparatively conservative Linux distribution. It’s stable and secure, and comes with plenty of software pre-installed. The operating system is particularly suitable for users looking for enhanced reliability. The Xfce edition is a good option for use on older computers. It is very frugal and gets the most out of weaker devices. Because MX Linux is intuitive to use and boasts an appealing desktop environment, even beginners who choose Linux over Windows could be well-served. However, users in need of the latest up-to-date system may fare better with an alternative.

What are the pros and cons of the operating system?

Thinking about switching to MX Linux? Check out the advantages and disadvantages of the operating system below to help you decide.

Pros

  • Stability: MX Linux is a secure and stable operating system. Once set up, it runs smoothly and as intended. Those looking for a reliable system are likely going to be satisfied with MX Linux.
  • Demands: System requirements are relatively low, which means that MX Linux gets the most out of old computers and provides a fast and visually appealing basis for modern devices.
  • Desktop environment: Both the slim Xfce for less powerful computers and the more sophisticated KDE for powerful computers should satisfy most users.
  • Software: Besides Debian packages, and given the background of its developers, MX Linux includes numerous antiX packages. Thus, its software pool is rather large. Installation software leaves nothing to be desired and provides a good basis for getting started.
  • Choice of Init systems: As of MX Linux 19, users can choose their preferred init system — systemd or SysVinit.
  • User friendliness: MX Linux is easy to understand and intuitive to use, even for beginners. In addition to simple installation and a clear structure, numerous MX Apps specifically developed for the operating system make for a particularly user-friendly distribution.
  • Support: In case of questions or errors, a large community is happy to help. In addition, extensive documentation for a wide range of scenarios is available.

Cons

  • Not special: While the advantages above are clearly in favor of MX Linux, some users may find the operating system rather boring. MX Linux may be reliable and reasonably lean, but it is neither cutting-edge nor as open to modification as some other systems.

What are alternatives to MX Linux?

For users who are not convinced that MX Linux is exciting enough or fulfills their purpose, plenty of alternative Linux distributions for laptop and PC are available. Among them are the user-friendly Linux Mint and Manjaro Linux, the classics Debian and Ubuntu as well as Linux server distributions, AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux.

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