|Developer||MX Dev Team|
|OS family||Linux (Unix-like)|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||24 March 2014|
|Latest release||MX-23 / July 31, 2023|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Xfce, Fluxbox & KDE|
|License||Linux Foundation Sublicense No. 20140605-0483|
MX Linux is a Linux distribution based on Debian stable and using core antiX components, with additional software created or packaged by the MX community. The development of MX Linux is a collaborative effort between the antiX and former MEPIS communities. The MX 'name' comes from the M for MEPIS and the X from antiX – an acknowledgment of their roots. The community's stated goal is to produce "a family of operating systems that are designed to combine elegant and efficient desktops with high stability and solid performance".
MX Linux uses Xfce as the main desktop environment, to which it adds a free-standing KDE Plasma version and, in 2021, a stand-alone Fluxbox implementation. Other environments can be added or are available as "spin-off" ISO images.
MX Linux began in a discussion about future options among members of the MEPIS community in December 2013. Developers from antiX then joined them, bringing the ISO build system as well as Live-USB/DVD technology. To be listed on the Linux distribution clearinghouse website DistroWatch, MX Linux was initially presented as a version of antiX. It received its own DistroWatch page with the release of the first public beta of MX-16 on November 2, 2016.
MX Linux has four desktop editions:
A table of current MX Linux Development Team supported releases and how long Debian will provide Long Term Support.
|Version||Release||Kernel||Kernel (AHS)||Notes||Debian LTS support ends:|
|Current stable version: MX-23 all DE's||July 31, 2023||6.1.0||6.4.0||Xfce Desktop Environment upgraded to 4.18||Debian 12  December 2026|
|Current stable version: MX-21.3 all DE's||January 15, 2023||5.10||6.0||Debian 11 “Bullseye” |
To be defined; roughly
July 2024 to June 2026
|Current stable version: MX-21.2.1 all DE's||September 18, 2022||5.10||5.18||5.19 & 6.0 kernel are in the AHS repo.|
|Current stable version: MX-21.2 all DE's||August 28, 2022||5.10||5.18|
|Current stable version: MX-21.1 all DE's||April 9, 2022||5.10||5.16||5.14 & 5.16 Kernel available|
in Package Manager
|Current stable version: MX-21 AHS||November 22, 2021||5.10||5.14|
|Current stable version: MX-21||October 21, 2021||5.10|
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19.4.1||April 8, 2021||5.10||Debian 10 “Buster” |
June 30, 2024
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19.4||March 31, 2021||4.19|
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19.3||November 11, 2020|
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19.2 KDE||August 16, 2020|
|Older version, yet still maintained: 19.2||May 31, 2020|
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19.1||February 14, 2020|
|Older version, yet still maintained: MX-19||October 21, 2019|
|Old version, no longer maintained: MX-18||all releases||Debian 9 “Stretch” |
June 30, 2022
MX Linux has basic tools like a graphic installer that handles UEFI computers, a GUI-based method to change a Linux kernel and other core programs.
It includes MX Tools, a suite of user-oriented utilities, many of which were developed specifically for MX, while some were forked from existing antiX applications or are existing antiX applications; a couple were imported with permission from outside sources. These tools are also available in Debian Stable-based Linux distributions, and some of the main tools are as follows:
A particularly popular one is MX-snapshot, a GUI tool to remaster a live session or installation into a single .ISO file. The "cloned" image is bootable from a disk or USB flash drive, maintaining all settings, allowing an installation to be completely backed up, and/or distributed with minimal administrative effort since an advanced method of copying the file system (developed by antiX Linux) uses bind-mounts performing the "heavy lifting".
Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years.