This Community Respin (=MXFBPi) provides a stable, fast and fun OS for use with Raspberry Pi 3 and later devices. It unites the user-centered goodness of MX Linux with the educational flexibility of Raspberry Pi OS (=RPi), implementing the light-weight and elegant desktop environment of MX’s unique implementation of Fluxbox and including elements from GNOME, Xfce and LXDE.
The first beta has now been released for testing. Give it a spin–and enjoy!
- Download: https://rb.gy/lqm584
- md5sum: e9e467c633a575b0564de84622a6594e mx-fluxbox_raspberrypi_respin_beta.img.xz
- Video: https://youtu.be/xX8OwVSLNIY
- Feedback: MX Forum and Raspberry Pi Forum
- Download the image to a computer that has a microSD slot or a USB-microSD adapter attached. Confirm integrity if wished using the md5sum posted there.
- Extract it using the standard method of your OS; the file should now end in *.img
- Slide a microSD card (at least 16GB recommended) into the computer or the adapter.
- Install “Imager” from the MX repos, or from this page https://www.raspberrypi.org/software/.
- Launch it, click on the OS button then scroll to the bottom to select a “custom image.”
- Navigate to the image you downloaded and select it.
- Click on the SD Card button to select the microSD card.
The Imager will format the card and install the OS on it; it will also verify the installation unless you cancel that (slow) operation.
- Insert the microSD card into your Pi device and turn it on.
- The device will start to boot up. You will see a black screen for a short time, and then the login screen.
- The default user is named “Pi” and the password that must be entered is “raspberry.” These can be changed in the RPi Configuration Center.
- For a quick orientation, play the short “Intro” video (web access required) whose icon is located in the center of the screen.
- Play around with the topics covered in the Intro video to familiarize yourself with the OS.
- For further information about MXFBPi, click the “?” icon at the top of the dock to open a Help document with many useful links (documents, videos, etc.).
- To get started with RPi projects, click the middle raspberry icon on the dock to open the Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide.
Major default apps
- Browser: Firefox-esr 78.6
- Email: Claws Mail 3.1.7
- Media player: VLC 3.0
- File manager: Thunar 1.8.14
- Editor: FeatherPad 0.16
- Ides: Geany 1.33, Thonny 3.1.2 (for Python beginners)
- Network: Network Manager 1.14
- Desktop info: Conky Manager 2.7 with large conky collection
- Featured: MX Tools (MXFBPi version)
- Maintenance: upgrades signaled by green/red pulse icon (MX Updater) in systray
- Installation/Removal: Add/Remove Software (MX Tools)
- Advanced: Synaptic, with 2 Rasparian and 1 MX repository enabled
- Tested compatible with Pi 3, 4 and 400
- GPIO ports remain available to program through Scratch and Python
- Camera port works
- Also bootable from USB stick or USB-connected SSD
- Screenshot > Active Window: window never reappears after shot is taken
- Boot options: Plymouth not working