MX-21.1 respin “Workbench” released

The Community Respin “Workbench” from MX Dev Adrian has been updated and upgraded for MX-21.1. Not meant for installation, this extremely handy toolset is meant to be a kind of “Swiss Army knife” for sysadmins and others who want to have a highly customizable Live CD/DVD that is able to run different recovery and admin tasks.

In addition to basic maintenance changes, Workbench 21.1 adds some 50 new tools such as ecryptfs-utils, fstransform, hwdata, keepassxc, lshw, scalpel, sysstat and xtsd.


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    • Hi Andy and Co,

      Your MX is certainly a huge contender for the best Debian Linux for a Daily OS. I simply love MX. I am a huge Debian Fan, I find it intuitive and just flows with my fingers and mind.

      Excellent great Job, was wondering if the MX-USB Maker can be upgraded to install multiple iso of different flavour. Also while running lynis on the vanilla MX the hardening percentage is 62% , any scope to increase this and also I think the fundamental need for privacy, for defeating this perpetual need to track us, follow us, end user exploit business model needs to be trashed with better stronger privacy as a fundamental system level requirement.

      And finally, the days of Client -Server are numbered, the drive is for us to mimic nature and work more in Peer2Peer , Technology is democratized, we all have access to the computing power, so the need for more P2P OS and Applications is extreme.

      All in all I would like to congratulate you on the awesome success and great final OS MX. For the next releases some of the name suggestions are: Sakura , Daisy, Honeysuckle and jasmine

      Thanks much for your contribution to society



  1. I downloaded and am testing.
    But I would like to suggest a few things.
    The clock on the Desktop Must be customized by the user.
    Desktop icons can be arranged automatically.
    The distro is very good.
    Linux Mint has these features, which is why I don’t let go of it.

  2. Hi Team,
    its a great work like Parted Magic.

    Missing default installed tools in the Workbench:

    (including any plugins for edit scrips, soucecode etc. )

    openssh-server installed by default (for starting x11vnv per remote)

    (x11vnc -shared -forever -ultrafilexfer -rfbpot (your optioanal port) -passwd (your vncpassword)

    (best and fast vnc-server ,allows view the Userdesktop (not root-desktop only) comfotabele Filetransfer, full compatibele to UltraVNC ,etc.

    Can you create a BootMenu entry for “Run the Live-Media from RAM” (like Parted Magic? )

    • Thanks for feedback, I might add those in the next iteration. For the Boot from RAM there’s already an option, if you run legacy BIOS press F4 and select “toram” and in UEFI you can also go to advanced and select a similar option, you can even save this option so it runs all the time “toram” mode without having to select it each time.

      Also, it’s very easy to add mousepad, openssh-server, x11vnc and remaster (if you run from a read/write medium) or take a snapshot (with MX Snapshot). The original purpose of Workbench was to demonstrate the power of the snapshot system.

      • Danke für den Hinweis mit der RAM-Disi und dem Remater. Ich werde es mal Testen. Komfortabler wäre natürlich ein zusätzlicher Menüpunkt im Hauptmenü.

        Ich sehe in Workbench eine Alternative/Ersatz für Parted Magic, da Parted Magic
        als “halbfreies Produkt” offiziell nur gegen Bezahlung heruntergeladen werden kann.

      • some features dont work as in wildflower, like the Keyboard shortcut press the windows key to launch the Application Menu, this is imperative, I work without the mouse :), least mouse use, the Volume control, can Pipewire be installed too

        Good Job


  3. Czytam, że jest to zbiór narzędzi. Skopiowałem i przeniosłem jako ISO na USB. Jestem bardzo świeżym uzytkwnikiem MX-a i nie potrafię użyć tego narzędzia. Jak otworzyć ten zbiór abym mógł cieszyć się posiadaniem narządzi tak wychwalanych tu na blogu. Kto mi pomoże?


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