This web site is developed and maintained by the community of MX & former MEPIS users in order to support the exciting MX Linux in collaboration with the antiX Community. MEPIS itself is on indefinite hold, yet many users nonetheless run some form of MEPIS as their standard OS, and will continue to find support and a friendly reception on the MX Linux Forum.
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 the Live-USB/DVD technology. The name "MX" was chosen to combine the first letter of Mepis with the last of antiX, thus symbolizing their collaboration. In order to be listed on DistroWatch, MX Linux was presented as a version of antiX. It received its own DistroWatch page as a separate distribution with the release of the first Public Beta of MX-16 on November 2, 2016. Details here; release history here.
The name "MX Linux" is covered by LInux Foundation Sublicense No. 20140605-0483
MX Linux combines packages from Debian Stable and antiX with MX packages in a dedicated repo that can be browsed on the Community Repository page.
Debian Stable is a wonderful solid distribution that can be upgraded in place from version to version automatically as long as the Debian Stable repos are used exclusively. MX uses Debian Stable as a base, but updates a lot of the userland programs & libraries, and backports newer programs from testing by building them against the Stable base. That gives a better user experience but interferes with Debian's dist-upgrade path. Our current choice to stick with sysvinit instead of going to full systemd.
So it's a trade-off: better desktop user experience at the expense of having to do a quick fresh install (which lets you save /home if desired) when the Debian base changes, typically every 2-3 years.
The following Development Team members played a particularly significant role in the creation of MX-16.
- Lead Developer: anticapitalista
- Primary Coders/Packagers: Adrian, BitJam, dolphin_oracle, kmathern, mmikeinsantarosa, Stevo, timkb4cq, v3g4n
- Project Manager: jerry3904
- Web master and designer: peregrine
- Significant contributors: asqwerth, chrispop99, antiX-Dave, Eadwine Rose, Gaer Boy, m_pav, pcallahan80, richb, Utopia
Special thanks for strong ongoing support of this project go to the MX Linux Packagers; to video producers Dolphin_Oracle and m_pav; to our volunteers, especially Gordon Cooper and Old Giza; and to all our Translators!
- Help: MX Forum
- Development Team: devs AT mxlinux DOT org. Not for support, use Forum instead.
- Documentation: manual AT mxlinux DOT org