MX Linux
MX Linux logo.svg
MX Linux version 21
MX-21 "Wildflower"
DeveloperMX Dev Team
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release24 March 2014; 8 years ago (2014-03-24)
Latest releaseMX 21.1[1] / April 9, 2022; 40 days ago (2022-04-09)
Available inMultilingual
Update methodAPT
Platformsamd64, i686
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default
user interface
Xfce, Fluxbox & KDE
LicenseLinux Foundation Sublicense No. 20140605-0483
Official websitemxlinux.org

MX Linux is a midweight Linux operating system based on Debian stable and using core antiX components, with additional software created or packaged by the MX community.[2] MX Linux was developed as a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities. The MX 'name' came 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 the Xfce desktop environment as its flagship, to which it adds a freestanding KDE Plasma version and in 2021 a standalone Fluxbox implementation. Other environments can be added or are available as "spin-off" ISO images.

History

MX Linux began in a discussion about future options among members of the MEPIS community in December 2013.[3] 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.

Desktop Environments

Besides the fast and medium-low resource default XFCE desktop environment MX Linux also has two other desktop editions:

In addition, a 'XFCE' (64 bit only) Advanced Hardware Support (AHS) was released with newer graphics drivers, 5.10 kernel and firmware for very recent hardware.[14]

Releases

Version Release Kernel[15] Kernel (AHS)[16] Notes
MX-21.1 all DE's[1] April 9, 2022 5.10 5.16.0 5.14 & 5.16 Kernel can be added to Xfce & Fluxbox editions via Package Manager[17]
MX-21 AHS[18] November 22, 2021 5.10 5.14.0
MX-21[19] October 21, 2021 5.10
MX-19.4.1 April 8, 2021 5.10
MX-19.4[20] March 31, 2021 4.19
MX-19.3 November 11, 2020
MX-19.2 KDE August 16, 2020
MX-19.2[21] May 31, 2020
MX-19.1 February 14, 2020
MX-19 October 21, 2019
MX-18.3 May 26, 2019
MX-18.2 April 7, 2019
MX-18.1 February 9, 2019
MX-18 December 20, 2018
MX-17.1 March 14, 2018 4.15.4
MX-17 December 15, 2017
MX-16.1 June 8, 2017 4.7.8
MX-16 December 13, 2016 N/A
MX-15 December 24, 2015 N/A
MX-14.4 March 22, 2015 N/A
MX-14.3 December 3, 2014 N/A
MX-14.2 June 30, 2014 N/A
MX-14.1.1 June 18, 2014 N/A
MX-14 March 27, 2014 (non-PAE) N/A
MX-14[22] March 24, 2014 (PAE) 3.12.0

Features

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,[23] 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.

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 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".

System Requirements

Minimum

Recommended

See also

References

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  2. ^ Smith, Jesse (January 1, 2018). "MX Linux 17". DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD. Copenhagen: distrowatch.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "About Us – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
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  10. ^ "MX-19 "patito feo" released! – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
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  17. ^ Dolphin Oracle (May 3, 2022). "Kernel updates - MX Linux Forum". forum.mxlinux.org. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
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  19. ^ Dolphin Oracle (October 21, 2021). "MX-21 "Wildflower" released! – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. MXLinux. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  20. ^ Dolphin Oracle (March 31, 2021). "MX-19.4 now available! – MX Linux". mxlinux.org blog. mxlinux.org. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  21. ^ Dolphin Oracle (June 1, 2020). "MX-19.2 now available! – MX Linux". mxlinux.org. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  22. ^ Linuxed (April 10, 2014). "antiX MX-14 "Symbiosis" Review: Truly Special!". mylinuxexplore.blogspot.com. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  23. ^ MX Linux Developers (October 10, 2021). "Tools To Make Common Tasks Easier". Current Release Features – MX Linux. mxlinux.org. Retrieved 23 October 2021.