MX Workbench 2020 released

What is MX Workbench? It’s one of my personal projects (it’s not an official MX release, although many of the MX devs helped me build and test it — thank you!). It’s a custom Live-USB Linux build made with MX tools is that is meant to be a Swiss Army kind of tool for sysadmins, containing a lot of useful programs that can be used for cloning disks and partitions, recovering files, searching for viruses and rootkits, hardware benchmarking, wiping drives, resetting Windows password, updating firmware, ftp, remoting, and so on (similar to Parted Magic for example — but much more flexible in my view).

It’s also meant to showcase how easy it is to create a custom MX ISO: anybody can run this live, customize it, take a snapshot and have their own tools and settings ready to use for their own purposes.

It is not meant to be installed, I removed the installer on purpose. That’s mostly because I made some changes to make it easier to run various tools in the live environment(for example: sudo runs without password) which would make no sense from the security point of view on an installed environment. So please, don’t ask me how to install it, it’s meant to run live (you can of course use persistence, remaster, and snapshot tools to customize it as you wish)

Download from Community_Respins folder in SourceForge: … y_Respins/

Most of the useful GUI tools are listed in the GUI (custom-toolbox) that pops up at start.
Here’s a number of utilities that I added over what you usually find in a MX release (some are only CLI tools):

arpwatch: Ethernet/FDDI station activity monitor
attr: utilities for manipulating filesystem extended attributes
bar: Show information about a data transfer
blockout2: Tetris like game (3D-tetris)
bluez-test-tools: test tools of bluez
bonnie++: Hard drive benchmark suite
can-utils: SocketCAN userspace utilities and tools
ceni: Curses interface to /etc/network/interfaces
chntpw: NT SAM password recovery utility
clamav: anti-virus utility for Unix - command-line interface
clamtk: graphical front-end for ClamAV
clonezilla: bare metal backup and recovery of disk drives
cmospwd: decrypt BIOS passwords from CMOS
cpuid: tool to dump x86 CPUID information about the CPU(s)
cpuidtool: custom-toolbox: dbench: The dbench (disk) and tbench (TCP) benchmarks
dc3dd: patched version of GNU dd with forensic features
dcfldd: enhanced version of dd for forensics and security
ddcutil: Control monitor settings
ddrutility: set of data recovery utilities for use with GNU ddrescue
di: advanced df like disk information utility
digitemp: read temperature sensors in a 1-Wire net
disktype: detection of content format of a disk or disk image
dislocker: read/write encrypted BitLocker volumes
dmraid: Device-Mapper Software RAID support tool
dpt-i2o-raidutils: Adaptec I2O hardware RAID management utilities
dvtm: Tiling window management for the console
evemu-tools: Linux Input Event Device Emulation Library - test tool
ext3grep: tool to help recover deleted files on ext3 filesystems
fio: flexible I/O tester
firmware-ti-connectivity: flashrom: Identify, read, write, erase, and verify BIOS/ROM/flash chips
fping: sends ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to network hosts
freefilesync: fsarchiver: file system archiver
fwupd: Firmware update daemon
geany: fast and lightweight IDE
gftp-gtk: X/GTK+ FTP client
ghex: GNOME Hex editor for files
glances: Curses-based monitoring tool
gnome-disk-utility: manage and configure disk drives and media
gpart: Guess PC disk partition table, find lost partitions
grsync: GTK+ frontend for rsync
i2c-tools: heterogeneous set of I2C tools for Linux
idle3-tools: change the idle3 timer of recent Western Digital Hard Disk Drives
iftop: displays bandwidth usage information on an network interface
ioping: Simple disk I/O latency measuring tool
iotop: simple top-like I/O monitor
iperf: Internet Protocol bandwidth measuring tool
iputils-arping: Tool to send ICMP echo requests to an ARP address
iputils-tracepath: Tools to trace the network path to a remote host
isomaster: Graphical CD image editor
linssid: graphical wireless scanner
linux-image-amd64: Linux for 64-bit PCs (meta-package)
lynx: classic non-graphical (text-mode) web browser
md5deep: transitional dummy package for hashdeep
meld: graphical tool to diff and merge files
memtester: Utility for testing the memory subsystem
mpt-status: get RAID status out of mpt (and other) HW RAID controllers
ncdu: ncurses disk usage viewer
netwag: graphical frontend for netwox
nmap: The Network Mapper
nmon: performance monitoring tool for Linux
nwipe: Utility to securely erase disks
obdgpslogger: suite of tools to log OBDII and GPS data
openipmi: Intelligent Platform Management Interface (for servers)
partclone: Utility to clone and restore a partition
qla-tools: QLogic Linux tools for work with QLogic HBAs
rdesktop: RDP client for Windows NT/2000 Terminal Server and Windows Servers
rdiff-backup: remote incremental backup
reglookup: utility to analysis for Windows NT-based registry
remmina: GTK+ Remote Desktop Client
remmina-plugin-exec: EXEC plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-nx: NX plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-rdp: RDP plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-secret: Secret plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-spice: Spice plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-telepathy: Telepathy plugin for Remmina
remmina-plugin-vnc: VNC plugin for Remmina
rename: Perl extension for renaming multiple files
rkhunter: rootkit, backdoor, sniffer and exploit scanner
rtorrent: ncurses BitTorrent client based on LibTorrent from rakshasa
safecopy: data recovery tool for problematic or damaged media
screen: terminal multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation
scrounge-ntfs: Data recovery program for NTFS filesystems
smbios-utils: Provide access to (SM)BIOS information -- utility binaries
stressapptest: stress test application for simulating high load situations
unhide: Forensic tool to find hidden processes and ports
vim: Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor
vmfs-tools: Tools to access VMFS filesystems
w3m: WWW browsable pager with excellent tables/frames support
wakeonlan: Sends 'magic packets' to wake-on-LAN enabled ethernet adapters
wipe: secure file deletion
wireshark: network traffic analyzer - meta-package
xinput-calibrator: Generic touchscreen calibration program for X.Org
zenmap: The Network Mapper Front End
zfs-fuse: ZFS on FUSE

7 thoughts on “MX Workbench 2020 released”

  1. Excellent! I have been looking at making a usb for this purpose and hadn’t thought of doing this. I’ll be setting this up tomorrow and checking it out. Y’all are doing a great job and I look forward to each new video or article so I can see what y’all have been working on.

  2. OMG !
    An MX Linux based Swiss Army tool for sysadmins, without systemd and it is free at all. (Parted Magic is no free from august of 2008.)
    MILLION THANKS for that !

    On other useful systemd-free solution was the devuan-based HEADS. (It has been abandoned from 2018. April. 🙁 …)
    Is there anyone who know about it some news, or can / want to refresh this project ?


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