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MX Linux Review – Version 17 – An Excellent All Around Linux Distribution

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MX Linux is a popular and fast Linux distribution based on Debian stable that is currently in version 17.1. Today, I'm going to take you through my MX Linux Review to see why this distribution is so popular.

One of the best things about MX Linux is the variety of custom tools that have been built to make the life of the user easier. The team of devs at MX Linux have really outdone themselves making every single possible need as easy as possible with their MX apps.

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Installation is super smooth using their custom installer and I experienced no issues whatsoever with the process. From my experience, there were also no hardware issues but I'd be curious to know the experiences of others as well so please let me know in the comments.

Upon first boot-up, you are presented with their customized XFCE desktop.

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MX Linux Desktop with Welcome Screen

The welcome screen that pops open offers links to the various resources on the web for support, discussions and video tutorials as well as their tools, tweak panel and more.

Let's take a look at the tweak panel first.

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MX Linux 17 Tweak Tool

The tweak tool allows you to make adjustments to the panel positioning, changing the desktop theme and adjusting the compositor.

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MX Linux Tweak Tool – Theme Selection

Next up is the MX Tools menu. This is where the magic happens people! There's an app for almost everything you could want / need and they all work wonderfully to get the job done. Check it out:

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MX Linux Tools

One such tool that does a great job of making things easy is MX conky. With it, you can quickly load a conky and position it, change the colors and format without ever having to touch a conky.rc file.

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MX conky

One particularly good (and super fast) app that I'm a huge fan of is the MX Package Installer. Here you can easily manage installed apps and search for new ones with ease. Results are returned very quickly.

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Switching to the Full App Catalog tab allows you to explore deeper and even switch repositories between Debian Stable, MX Testing and the Debian Backports repo with ease.

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MX Package Installer – Full App Catalog Tab

From a performance perspective, when running the full desktop environment as well as a file manager, GIMP image editor, Firefox and a game, MX was still only using just under 600 megs of ram. From my point of view, that's an impressive result.

With absolutely nothing running, the performance was equally impressive with only 320 megs of ram in use and a CPU usage of around 5%.

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MX Linux 17 Review – Performance and Memory Usage

Overall, MX Linux 17 is a fast, responsive and well put together distribution. It includes tons of tools to help users and administrators get things done and it's built on a rock solid base with Debian stable.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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