MX Linux Review: A Fast and Popular Linux Distribution

There are lot of Linux distributions available. But there is one Linux distribution that is topping distrowatch popularity list from the past 6 months and that is MX Linux.

In this MX Linux review, we are going to talk about Why MX Linux is popular? and What is MX Linux?. So, let's get started.

About MX Linux

MX Linux midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, stable performance, and medium-sized footprint.

It is a joint venture between Antix and MEPIS communities.

MX Linux is Debian based, and the current version of MX Linux is MX-18.3 which runs on Debian 9.6 (Stretch).

MX Linux uses Xfce desktop environment, which is a lightweight desktop environment aimed to be fast and low on system resources, while still being appealing and user-friendly.

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Look and Feel

MX Linux review look and feel

MX Linux uses Xfce as a desktop environment which is known for its simplicity and minimalist look. However, MX Linux has a slightly tweaked interface.

Its tweak tool allows you to customise the taskbar and many more aspects of the interface. It also supports themes, and you can further tweak theme settings to make it look like the way you want.

Overall, MX Linux has a smooth and basic interface with no resource-intensive animations.

However, if you don't like Xfce, you can switch to other desktop environments.

Performance

mx linux Performance

To test out the performance, I installed MX Linux on a Virtual Machine with 3GB RAM, 1 CPU and 1GB of Graphics memory allocated to it.

Performance-wise MX Linux performed very well. During my use, there were no slugginess or any lag in the performance.

Switching between applications was smooth, RAM management was excellent as well. During Idle time CPU usage was below 6%, and RAM usage was between 10-25%.

Having multiple tabs open in Google Chrome did cause some spikes in CPU and RAM usage, but at no point did it cause any sluggishness.

The reason MX Linux performed so well is, because, it uses some core components from Antix Linux Distro, which is optimised for older hardware.

Security

MX Linux Security

Like other Linux distributions, MX Linux is also secure. If you go to its official current release features there, it says that its kernel is secured against all known vulnerabilities.

It also supports LUKS encrypted root, home, and swap partition options.

So security-wise it is up there with all other Linux distros, and you don't need to worry about anything.

User Experience

MX Linux User Experience

Overall, MX Linux is stable. It is easy to install and setup. Configuriation is easy after installation.

It has automatic hardware recognition, and drivers for the hardware is automatically installed during the installation.

MX Linux also has an excellent package manager.

It is much faster and has a built-in console. Packages not found in Debian repos are pulled from developers’ websites or other distro-specific repos and are properly configured for MX Linux. That way we get latest and stable packages.

Overall user experience is excellent, and I didn't find any trouble setting up the distro.

MX Linux Review: Summary

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

MX Linux is hands down one of the best distros that I have tried. It is lightweight and fast. It performs well in day to day tasks. Appearance-wise it's simple and elegant.

It is secured against all the known vulnerabilities. Overall, the user experience was great.

Final Words

In the end, I would like to add that I enjoyed MX Linux a lot. It is fast and lightweight.

MX Linux developers have done quite a great job.

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So, go ahead and try MX Linux and share your experience in the comments section.

Dinker Thakur is a tech enthusiast who loves to write and read about technology. His area of interest include Artificial intelligence, IT security and consumer electronics.