When Dedoimedo reviewed MX -19.3 recently, he declared that the lack of a proper application store was the greatest single drawback. Following feedback from MX users, he now reviews the MX Package Installer. He likes the curated list on the first tab, but finds the rest to be “nerdy friendliness.” MXPI is not a bad idea, he opines, but the problem lies in Linux packaging itself. He concludes: “MXPI is a nice thing, but it’s still 90% nerdy, 10% friendly, and the equation needs to be flipped.”
Dedoimedo returns to MX-19, this time the third point release. He finds it “more refined, more polished, with fewer visual bugs and inconsistencies” than the initial release. After a useful examination of display scaling concerns and options, he moves through other facets of the release with general approval. The biggest negative aspect for him is the lack of proper software management, an “application store” that he understands as a nice, elegant GUI. Overall a very positive look, with the advice that “there’s more the MX Linux team can do to make their feisty little distro even more awesome and accessible to an even greater audience.”
MX-19 | MX Linux review (XFCE & KDE)
Average Linux User posted in his channel a substantial video review of these two major versions of MX Linux on October 2, 2020. He demonstrates a refreshingly detailed understanding of them as he covers first Xfce and then KDE–which he says is his favorite desktop environment. A long and well-informed discussion of the advantages of the two versions is followed by a short treatment of the disadvantages: the installer is old fashioned, the conky is too simple, etc. He concludes by recommending other distros for true beginners and KDE fans, but praises the Xfce version as one of the very best.
MX-19 | Dedoimedo on MX Linux 19.2 KDE
Dedoimedo published a short review September 9, 2020 in his Blog. Doesn’t like it: “I wish I could be more positive, but hey, I see no real purpose to this particular version.” MX out.
A video review published on Tyler’s Tech on July 3, 2020. A quick and interesting tour around is followed by a detailed look at MX Tools and MX-Fluxbox. Concludes with: “Overall I’m very impressed with how far this distribution has come since I last looked at it.”
MX-19 | Best Xfce distro of 2019
Published December 22, 2019, this article by Dedoimedo reviews the major Xfce distros that he looked at during 2019. As in his dedicated review of MX-19, he finds the current release to be of lower overall quality than MX-18.3–which he declares to be the best Xfce distro of the year. Although he sees a downward trend in Xfce distros, he seems to ignore the effect of the new and still unpolished Xfce 4.14 upon Xfce distros generally.
A hard and long look by Dedoimedo posted on December 4, 2019. His attention to detail and listing of issues are much appreciated. He likes many aspects–MX Tools, for instance–but finally finds too many problems and annoyances to use it for more than testing.
MX-19 | MX LINUX 19 : “BLAZING FAST!”
A well-done video review by XPSTECH. He shows a thorough knowledge of MX-19, and the video is makes a well-balanced and visually effective presentation. Thoughtful comments provide food for thought for future development.
MX-19 | MX Linux 19
Jesse Smith published a detailed review of MX-19 in the November 3, 2019 issue of DistroWatch. He appreciates that MX has improved an already good product, saying that it is very similar to MX-17 with lots of little improvements (apparently overlooking the deployment of the new version of Xfce 4.14 for the first time). He notes a bug in the installer, which was able to install Grub on a Btfs system and just quit. Nice conclusion that it was “one of the best desktop experiences I have run this year.”
Video review by Linux Umsteiger on Oct 28, 2019. Good detailed look at MX Tools, from Snapshot to Bash Options, showing how they are used. Ends by saying “I am happy with it” (ich bin zufrieden damit).
MX-18 | And the best distro of 2019 is …
A repeat performance! Dedoimedo announces that the best distro of the year is MX Linux again. The version is not MX-19, though, but MX-18.3 Continuum which he reviewed early in 2019. He comments: “This is a really neat little distro, with a good mix of usability, style and functionality.”
Dedoimedo examines the use of MX-18 on a ten-year-old notebook in a post from April 1, 2019 (as edited) on his blog. After addressing various “niggles” ranging from config leftovers from the previously installed OS to visual annoyances, he turns to performance: “What really matters is how the netbook behaves. And it behaves oh so well.” He concludes by noting that this makes the first change in his production setup in the last decade. A very useful review for users with older machines who are considering using MX Linux.
MX-18 | Why is MX Linux So Popular?
A thoughtful video review published on Mar 18, 2019 by InfinitelyGalactic. The author begins with the premise that MX Linux is really gaining momentum on the Linux desktop and attempts to explain why – and why now? On the MX side, he points to great documentation and support, a strong community and the amount of choice being offered to the user. Looking at the desktop Linux world more generally, he points to the uncertainty and instability surrounding some of the best-known names. Finally, he argues that the power of the rumor mill should be taken into account as a major factor in its rise over the last year or so.
A well-informed review of MX-18 posted (in French) on the Blog JetesteLinux. The author mostly covers installation and configuration, and concludes: “This is a complete distribution, a pleasure to use.” Author knows MX Linux well, having reviewed MX-17 in the past, including a lengthy video. Recently moreover he examined the recent point point release 18.1.
MX-18 | Best Linux Distros for Beginners
Video review published on YouTube February 20, 2019 by Matt Hartley, Author at Freedom Penguin. He goes through the distro, praising its retention of 32bit and discussing its advantages to a new user. He notes: “It’s stable…not the prettiest distro out there…but it’s very straightforward.” He spends quite a bit of time on the Users Manual, which he finds the greatest advantage for the new user (a couple of broken links seem to drive him crazy).
A careful review of the current MX-18 posted by Dedoimedo on January 14, 2019. Covers strong and weak points in detailed fashion and summarizes his findings with subtlety: “MX-18 comes with a solid blend of modern and archaic, pretty and reserved, Xfce pure and hybrid, giving you good font clarity, decent spatial awareness, fast productivity, and only a few glitches here and there, most of which are inherent to the desktop environment.” A useful document for MX Devs as they move forward.
Published by Dedoimedo on February 1, 2019 on his website. Based on solid experience, author reviews MX Tools again, adding valuable insight and useful critique. Concludes: “All in all, MX Tools is a great feature. I haven’t tested everything to the last detail, but from what I did do, I can say that the utilities are rather intuitive and safe, and they work reliably. Even experienced users will benefit from the toolbox, on top of already friendly defaults that Continuum has.”
MX-18 | Checking out MX 18 beta 1
Published by Linux & Other Stuff on Dec 4, 2018.
MX-18 | And the best distro of 2018 is …
Dedoimedo selects the best Linux distro of the year from among 5 finalists in this blog post on December 31, 2018. In increasing of preference: Manjaro 17.1.6, Linux Mint 19, Kubuntu 18.10, Kubuntu 18.4 and…MX-17! “From the very start, MX Linux behaved beautifully. It was elegant, robust and stable. It comes with many unique features and applications, including its MX Tools combo…You get blazing performance, excellent battery life, all the fun out of the box, and it’s constantly, continuously improving, with great momentum by the team and the community.” Pretty neat.
An interesting “biased” look at MX-18 from CubicleNate published on his blog on December 28, 2018. After going the installation, he looks at the features he likes, from MX Tools (especially Package Manager) to low memory usage. Finishes with useful suggestions for the future include: allow for direct install without going through a Live session, change some Installer wording (“remove disk”),
A video review published by LearnLinux.tv on December 30, 2018. A very substantial look, both general and detailed. Covers topics not normally seen such as games, (dark) theming, flatpaks, etc. Comments: “I’m blown away by some of the settings I’m seeing here.” A good addition to the reviews that are out so far.
MX-18 | My MX Linux 18 On Real Hardware
A video by Charlie Henson about his own “out of the box experience,” published on his channel on January 1, 2019. After trouble trying to set up a BlueTooth dongle, goes through what he calls “really good stuff” by which he means all the tools and settings apps. Concludes: “This is really an ass-kicking distro…super responsive, good to go.”
MX-17.1 | # One distro ! Zero trouble free miles !
This video review by Linux & Other Stuff was published on Apr 23, 2019. Contrary to the title, the author means he had 100% trouble-free miles. Comments on his eight months of smooth sailing, concluding that “it is probably the best distro out there.” Provides a useful how-to on MX Snapshot, showing the importance of cleaning out personal data when preparing for distributing a respin, and how to get the config defaults in place.
MX-17.1 | Frederic Bezies blogs on MX-17.1
This blog post accompanies his video on post installation setup for French users. He summarizes the release as “un grand cru” (a great vintage) and “du pur bonheur” (pure joy). He rightfully points to the difficulties now presented by Firefox to switch languages.
MX-17.1 | Frederic Bezies reviews MX-17.1
Great look at the new point release, showing how to localize for France. Concludes: “très très bien conçu, du pur bonheur.”
A very appreciative look at MX-17[.1] by Mike Johnston in CMS Critic on March 18, 2018. He focuses on MX Tools, and features Tweak, Conky and Package Installer, of which he is a “huge fan.” Concludes: “Overall, MX Linux 17 is a fast, responsive and well put together distribution. It includes tons of tools to help users and administrators get things done and it’s built on a rock solid base with Debian stable.”
Video review by eznix on March 16, 2018. It takes a detailed look at installation, the Forum and Help, the last two not usually covered. Concludes: “MX Linux is a fantastic distro for the new user and the seasoned professional, and anyone in between.”
MX-17.1 | MX Linux 17.1
Review by Shashank Sharma in Linux Format, June 2018 (LXF237), page 20 (requires subscription). Subtitle: “Shashank Sharma’s expectations of a modern-day distribution is a lumbering Goliath, which makes this distro fall squarely into the David camp.” This review is very positive, and the ‘Verdict’ box-out gives 10/10 for every element! Finishes with this great statement: “This speedy, fully featured distribution, complete with solid support on- and offline, is a masterclass in user-friendliness.”
A video tour by XPSTECH published March 27, 2018. Although the author says he did not expect very much when he began, he concludes after checking it out that the MX Team has done a really great job. It could become one of the top distros, he says, but it all gets down to how long they can survive.
A cursory and curious look at MX-17.1 (unnamed) published by Jack Wallen on April 6, 2018 on Linux.com. After praising “that antiX installer MX Linux uses” (originally from Warren Woodford with his MEPIS), the author then provides a lengthy description on how to move the Panel using Xfce’s dialog box (no mention of MX Tools) and finishes with a lesson on setting up Samba. Concludes: “This flavor of Linux can make anyone feel right at home on Linux.”
MX-17.1 | My Desktop
Posted by Artim on April 28, 2018, in his Blog: Confessions of a Technophobe. We love the opening: “MX-17 is simply gorgeous right out of the box!” Author examines the interesting question of upgrades, reliability and bloat, concluding that he has no interest in replicating the legacy OS he just abandoned. Finishes with this great sentence: “MX-17 is my favorite Linux now, because it’s got the newbie-friendly stuff going on (enough of it to make it suitable for competent newbies – not enough to protect them from being irresponsibly stupid), but inherently much safer with it’s Debian Stable base than any of the [others].”
In an article published in OCS-Mag on March 21, 2018, Dedoimedo looks at desktop innovations that have taken place apart from the usual big distros. He includes MX Linux, and points particularly to MX Tools, concluding: “To the best of my experience and memory, this is the most advanced implementation of the make-desktop-nice functionality.”
Published by J. A. Watson on September 6, 2018 in his blog on ZDNet. The author reviews MX-17.1 (the August snapshot), both from a general perspective and with detailed attention to certain features. He examines the Installer screen-by-screen, explaining what each does and adding thoughtful critique along the way. He then provides the first review of the new version of the Package Installer, spelling out its utility and expressing his appreciation. Nice conclusion: “Using MX17 Linux is very pleasant. It reminds me a lot of MEPIS, in that it just all works, and everything fits together nicely.”
MX-17.1 | MX Linux 17.1 Review – The dream distro?
Video review by InfinitelyGalactic published on November 6, 2018. A very careful and enthusiastic look at MX-17.1. He looks closely at MX Tools, concluding: “MX provides the user experience that a lot of linux users want, but for some reason no one thinks to make.”
Posted May 25, 2018 by Dedoimedo on his website. This detailed look at MX Tools in MX-17 begins by noting the improvements in the look of the dashboard: organization, legibility, etc. He pays articular attention to Snapshot (“probably one of the most useful aspects of MX Tools”) and iDevice Mounter, which he tested on his own phone when it wouldn’t mount in Thunar. Finishes with some useful suggestions about future directions that might be taken.
MX-17.1 | MX Tools, Backup, and Systemback
Published on May 6, 2018, by Artim in his blog Confessions of a Technophobe. Looks at using LuckyBackup and MX Live USB Maker to archive an image of the running system, concluding that it is easy and works better than his previous method. Concludes: “No bloat, plenty of speed, rock-stable, awesome cool tools. What else does a technophobic Ba’ku boy need?”
Posted by Ryan Dube on October 12, 2018 on the MakeUseOf website. Very helpfulreview from the perspective of a long-time Windows user for enticing other Windows users to look at a Linux alternative. Covers installation, the Welcome screen, Package Installer and customization. He concludes: “MX Linux brings a brand new OS about as close to a Windows environment as you could ask for, at zero cost.”
MX-17.1 | Best Xfce distro of 2018
A review posted by Dedoimedo on December 5, 2018 in OCS Mag. Author looks at 6 distros–two of which are MX Linux!–and rates MX as the winner. Concludes with the nice comment that it is “honest, unique, fast and elegant.”
MX-17.1 | Five Reasons to use MX Linux
Video by Switched to Linux, published on Dec 3, 2018
MX-17.1 | MX Linux 17.1 – more details
Published by xramtech published on Dec 5, 2018
Published by Chris Were on December 5, 2018. He has been running it for some time now, and concludes: “Overall, this is a wonderful distribution and I can see why it’s getting a lot of hype these days. It’s going to stay on the machine for quite some time because it just runs so damn well.”
A video tour by Backyard Tech published on November 4, 2018. Though unfamiliar with the OS in any detail, he goes through it in detail, showing his appreciation with a repeated comment: “I gotta tell you, I like this very much.”
Review of MX-17 Beta 1 by Jack M. Germain, published in LinuxInsider Nov 16, 2017. Calling The Beta 1 release “an ideal first-look candidate,” the reviewer appreciates the antiX Live system that MX inherits, the combination of standard Xfce tools and software choices, as well as the various MX-specific tools.
MX-17 | MX Linux 17
Review by Jesse Smith in Distrowatch 774(1), published January 1, 2018. Thorough look at MX-17 based on a week of testing. He says that he is very happy with the OS, and that there was little that needed to be changed. His major criticism is that “MX loses out to the big, mainstream Linux distributions is in beginner friendliness,” and he signals apps such as the backup utility, the updater and Synaptic.
Review by LINUXANDUBUNTU, December 25, 2017. Good review of MX-17 with many screenshots that focuses on technical procedures. Concludes that it is an “easy-to-use yet powerful that does decent job without including unnecessary software.” Also available in Spanish.
A follow-up review on February 9, 2018 by Dedoimedo on a higher-end machine (Lenovo G50 laptop). He covers main concerns from font to software, and concludes: “Good distros are far and few in between, and MX-17 Horizon is truly a magnificent product. Way to go.”
Review by Dedoimedo, updated January 13, 2018. Very detailed and very positive look at MX-17. Tests it Live and installed on older and newer hardware. Makes a number of useful suggestions, and concludes: “it’s an excellent choice for Linux folks looking for a hassle-free, fun-ready system. 9.9/10.”
- MX Linux Review of MX-17 – For The Record. Matt Hartley, February 15, 2018.
- MX Linux with Compiz + XFCE GUI. Joel Frese, January 1, 2018,
- MX Linux 17 Maybe This Should Be Number 1?. Total OS Today, January 1, 2018.
- My Top 10 Distros Of 2017……Nice. Sneekylinux, December 27, 2017.
- MX Linux 17 Horizon……….A Keeper. Silicon Nubian, December 29, 2017.
- Year end best Linux distro, My Top 5 Picks. Linux & Other Stuff, December 22, 2017.
- MX-17 Linux….A New Contender In The Ring..??. Sneekylinux, December 16, 2017.
- Checking out MX Linux 17 final release. Linux & Other Stuff, December 16, 2017.
- MX Linux 17 (MX-17) Installation + Overview on Oracle VirtualBox . Linux Video Tutorials, December 16, 2017.
- Look @ MX Linux 17 – The Power & The Glory Of Debian & MX. Eznix, December 15, 2017.
MX-17 | EzeeLinux takes a look at MX-17
Joe Collins makes a knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic tour–and falls in love with the cursor! ;-DEzeeLinux Show 18.11
Review by Sam Bocetta in Opensource.com on February 12, 2018. A thorough look at MX-17: “This powerful operating system’s efficient performance, intuitive interface, and exceptional collection of apps make it a top choice for all users.”
MX-17 | MX Linux: Worth a Look
A technically-oriented review posted by Robert Dinse in Eskimo North on March 18, 2018. Looks at the use of SysV as init in comparison with systemd, likes the monthly snapshots, and appreciates the availability of multiple desktops. He concludees: “They’ve basically taken Debian and fixed all it’s flaws, it’s slow boot, it’s lack of up to date things that are critical, and fixed the boot process to one that is ideal compromise between systemd and system-V init.”
A comparison of these two Linux OS’s posted by Matt Hartley on April 4, 2018 on Datamation.com that focuses on personal preferences instead of trying to say one is better than the other. Both have advantages, but the author concludes: “if I was to introduce one of these distros to someone who has never used Linux before, I once again think I’d choose MX Linux.”
Blog article by Frederic Bezies, published November 3, 2016, reviewing MX-16 Beta 1. Text overview includes a 25 miin video of post-installation setup that is well done. Concludes with: “I must say that we are looking at a distribution that was thought out from beginning to end to be usable.”
Video and short review by Frederic Bezies, published June 11, 2017. Critical of the use of an old kernel rather than one of the LTS ones available, and of the incomplete localization by default of the major apps such as Thunderbird, Firefox or LibreOffice.
MX-16.1 | MX 16.1
Video tour by ubuntu made simple, published June 10, 2017. showing the Welcome screen, MX Tools, and many other features in some detail.
MX-16.1 | MX 16.1 Beta (AMAZING)
Video review by Sudo Reboot, published May 28, 2017. Enthusiastic and detailed look at the beta, with particular attention to the changes in MX Tools, especially Package Installer.
Video review by Linux Quest, published June 17, 2017. Very positive review of someone who has been running MX-16.1 for a week already. Concentrates on the work done by the Dev Team to make the user comfortable with setup and customization by means of MX Tools and default configuration.
MX-16 | MX Linux 16 MATE
Video review by Linux and Other Stuff, published December 15, 2016. Does a nice quick overview of how to set up and run MATE on top of MX-16. “Looks real good, runs real good, and those icons are great. Pretty neat..” Follow-up on his earlier more general review: Is MX Linux 16 all that?:”It is all that they say it is!”
Blog post by lagarto, published December 28, 2016. Good overview of MX-16, looking at downloading, installation and use. Concludes: “If you want a Linux distribution that is pretty light but very functional I recommend you try MX-16. The performance is simply fantastic and visually it is pretty and efficient.”
Video review by Don’t Call Me Lenny, published December 13, 2016. Part of the group MX-16 Debian – 1st Release Candidate – Review, published November 28, 2016; MX-16 Linux Raises the Bar with Debian Nvidia Installs, published December 3; and My Top Linux Distros of 2016 – The Year in Review, published December 29, 2016. Looks first at the driver question, with which he had earlier had problems, and finds that the new NVidia installer is the easiest available. Reviews MX Tools in some detail, then concludes with: “MX-16 is at the top of the Debian list.”
Video review by Linux Quest, published December 29, 2016. Detailed and informed examination of MX-16 that focuses on MX Tools, leading him to call it “the Dremel of Linux distributions.” Praises the forethought and attention to detail throughout, concluding that it’s as if the Devs said to themselves: “let’s not just give directions, let’s put it in place.”
MX-16 | Top 5 Distros of 2016
Video review by Sudo Reboot, published December 18, 2016. Follow-up on his MX16 = peppermint 7 killer, published December 14, 2016. Using criteria of quick and ideal for new users, gives an enthusiastic and excited tour of MX-16 (starting about 20 mins in), spending a lot of time on MX Tools. He concludes that MX-16 is the best Debian distro “bar none” and his #1 choice for the year.
Video review by Chris Were, published January 14, 2017. Thoughtful look at various features, along with many judgments based on personal preferences. “I think this is filling a very much-desired demographic: people who love Debian, but don’t always have patience with the Debian way…Solid distribution, definitely one to watch.”
Review by Enrique Bravo published in Colaboratorio, February 1, 2017. A thorough look at MX-16 with many useful comments. Does not like the retro look, but admits he is coming from Plasma 5. Praises the attention to making things easier for users, and comments about the Users Manual that it is “a clear example of a committed project with clear ideas.”
MX-16 | MX Linux 16 Review
Video review by Silicon Nubian, published January 8, 2017. A good tour with helpful commentary, very appreciative of MX Tools. Says perhaps not best for a brand new user, but is impressed: “two thumbs up, very good performance and very feature complete, I like it a lot.”
Blog post by Dedoimedo, January 14, 2017. Careful look at Live and Installed sessions, finding much positive. Identifies a number of smaller problems to be worked on: multimedia, icons, etc. Concludes: “MX-16 is a great choice for a lightweight desktop. Xfce has come a long way, and you get all the essentials you expect from a home system. It’s all there, plus good looks, plus speed that rivals anything out there, among the best battery life numbers, great stability, and even some extra unique features like the live session save and MX Tools. A most worthy combo. All in all, 9.5/10. Warmly recommended for testing and sampling.”
Blog post by DarkDuck on LinuxBlog, published February 7, 2016. Tested Live and found that everything worked out of the box, including: wireless networking, samba browsing of network drives, mp3s, videos, and YouTube. Did not like the gloomy theme and found the fonts blurry at times, but otherwise very positive: “It would be an ideal distribution for me, if it were not for [those] two very small issues.”
MX-16 | Best Xfce distro of 2017.
Article in OCSMag by Dedoimedo, December 23, 2017. Declares MX-16.x the best Xfce distro of the year, concluding: “This really is a great distribution. Right from the start, you get access to music, videos and gadgets, you can import your live session, the MX Tools box is an excellent addition to the software arsenal, and with blazing performance and magical battery life, MX-16 and its Xfce setup give you the quintessential classic desktop that you want or need. Truly a breath of fresh air in every sense of the idiom.”
MX-16 | MX-16 – Linux OS Review
Video review by quidsup, published February 23, 2017. Says that MX is one of the most requested for review, and that he has had no issues, finds it very stable and concludes that it does what he expected it to do. Sees a limiting factor when trying to run it on brand new hardware, but otherwise it should be fine. “Why is MX so good? I don’t know. Perhaps because it works, does its job and keeps out of the way.”
Blog review of MX-15 RC 1 by Frederic Bezies. Published Dec 21, 2015. Loves the simplicity of the Installer, posts an interesting video of post-installation setup (https://youtu.be/JqP5LEtEE0k) to show the ease of use and the intellectual pleasure of it all, and praises MX Tools. “C’est une distribution à surveiller de très près” (This is a distro to watch very closely).
Published January 21, 2016 in Linux Community. Ferdinand Thommes provides a penetrating and nuanced review of MX-15 that reveals a thorough knowledge and appreciation of its features. “MX-Linux shows itself as a stable and lightweight distribution on a reliable Debian Stable base that collects many pluses for its user-friendliness … Many areas of the distribution allow one to see the developers’ intention to ease system administration without overloading it in the process. The support for older hardware enables it to be appealing in times of excessive insanity about consumption, and makes users happy who keep such computers in use. An accomplished synthesis of antiX and Mepis distributions, MX Linux really deserves more attention than it currently receives” (translated from the German).
Review of MX-15 final by Ferdinand Thommes. Published Dec 26, 2015.. A technical perspective on the suitability of MX-15 for older computers. He also discusses the LiveUSB setup: “antiX MX is also interesting for the various options offered of running the system from a USB stick.”
Video review by Yonn Lopez. Published Jan 1, 2016. Extensive tour and commentary of Final, with a focus on utility. Comments: “They really have thought about a lot of details…MX-15 just keeps getting better!”
MX-15 | MX-15 beta 1
Video review of MX-15 Beta 1 by Ghost Sixtyseven. Published Nov 9, 2015. “It’s looking good!”
MX-15 | MX-15 Beta 1 Linux For Everyone
Video review of MX-15 Beta1 by Linux Help Guy. Published on Nov 9, 2015. “It’s a distro that doesn’t mess you about, it does what it says it does.”
Video review by Don’t Call Me Lenny, published August 20, 2016. A close look of the KDE remix of MX-15 created and maintained by Community developer Stevo. Praises the aesthetics, shows the various applications available by default, and ends by saying: “I’m sure this release will gain quite a following once people find out about it.”
Video review of MX-15 by Don’t Call Me Lenny! on February 1, 2016. Review of MX-15, stressing its user-friendliness for people switching to Linux for the first time. Praises the Community for being very responsive to user needs, in development as well as in support. Ends with: “This distribution is a joy to use every day. I cannot recommend MX-15 any higher!”
MX-15 | MX-15 Review
Video review of MX-15 by AJ Reissig on January 30, 2016. Tour of an installed instance. Objects to the vertical panel and says updates and installs are very slow, but likes the Package Installer and ease of use. He concludes: “Everything is very stable. I’m really, really happy with this distribution.”
MX-15 | MX-15 review – Highway to rad
Full, balanced review by Dedoimedo, published on his blog February 29, 2016. Looks carefully at aesthetic and technical aspects, making thoughtful commentary as he goes along, and praises the distro for its ongoing improvement. Concludes: “Anyhow, really neat. MX Linux has come a long, long way since its early days. It is shaping up to be a really nice distribution, and my biggest fear at this point is that it will die, like so many other distros have died before reaching that critical mass moment. To sum it up, if you’re looking for something different, something less avant-garde, whatever that means, or rather, you’re fed up with the love triangle of Ubuntu, SUSE and Fedora plus derivatives, then MX-15 might be what you want. Somewhat of an underdog, and a bit scruffy and mongrely at times, but I like the progress. I like the consistent approach. It’s a key to greatness. 9/10. It sure has joined my watch shortlist. Worth testing and whatnot. But my fear of the future always remains, please prove me wrong. However, the present is happy, so start downloading and burning them coasters. Dedoimedo out.”
Video review by Don’t Call Me Lenny, published May 9, 2016. Author takes a look at the Linux distros of 2016, and starting around 6’45” turns to MX-15. He highlights MX Tools, the automatic Broadcom pickup, the Save System to ISO–and the general perception that everything works perfectly. Concludes with this: “MX-15 in my opinion is the #1 Linux distribution, the benchmark for everyone else to shoot at…I can’t say enough about MX-15, it is far and away the best Debian distribution.”
Careful look at MX Tools by Dedoimedo in OCS-Mag on March 9, 2016. After going through the tools individually, making suggestions about functionality and appearance, he finishes with this: “I very much like MX Tools. They are a handy, refreshing addition to the distribution, and they allow users who are not very tech savvy to solve some common problems. True, fixing audio and network drivers is hardly the first thing you want to do when you log in, but then, codecs and shares are an absolute must. Overall, MX Tools work quite well. The GUI isn’t perfect though. It can be visually much nicer, the advanced tools need some rethinking and rework, and I’d like to see more features added, with aided step-by-step wizards that would help new users get comfortable with the distro, and quickly. Anyhow, I warmly recommend you try MX Linux, and then sample from its unique fruit. I believe you will find the experience pleasing, and perhaps we will see more endeavors of this kind crop across the distro phase-space.”
MX-14 | Linuxed
April 10, 2014 “I rate MX-14 as one of the most functional XFCE 4 distros I have used. It is fast, stable and efficient. I got very good battery life with MX-14 – about 4 hours of continuous surfing, consumption of media and office work. It is about 20% higher than what I got in GNOME/KDE distros. However, MX-14 is not without it’s share of vices – the desktop theme looks good but the windows manager theme looks antiquated. Menu is placed at the bottom of the left panel and is difficult to browse. But, all these can be easily corrected and are not that serious flaws. In overall, I am very impressed with MX-14 and is using it right now as my main operating system. antiX has surely come up with a gem which is truly special. I recommend it to all Linux enthusiasts to try it out – just like me you may fall in love with it!”
June 6, 2014. Highlights translated from the German: “Perfect for older hardware, but runs perfectly on current hardware as well. Can easily be made to look like the standard Xfce, and most will like to have the panel in its usual place on the bottom. Theme can hardly be called modern and fresh, but easy to change. Boot process is quick, installation very easy, and resource usage very low. Good implementation of software and tools, with others easily installble. Individual software choices may be easily changed using the available repos through Synaptic. Absolutely stable and without bugs that I could find.”
MX-14 | DasGregor
Video review of MX-14.2 in “First Impressions” series. August 9, 2014. “Fits on a CD yet has all the good features and abilities that an OS needs to have. Can scale up from older hardware to newer systems through the handy MX Package Installer. I like the way MX-14 has taken antiX and MEPIS and put them together using Xfce. Go with this if you are looking for something that you need flexibility with and you can configure easily–and this is based on Debian Stable.”
MX-14 | Dedoimedo
April 14, 2014. “As you may have noticed, I did not bother with making the distro pretty. Simply because I didn’t feel like it was worth the effort. While I am normally enthused about adding new themes and icons, making Xfce rock, this time, it would have been pointless. Overall, antiX MX-14 Symbiosis did not really impress me. It’s not that it’s a bad package, but it sure is not designed for most people in mind. Maybe just the dev team really. It’s not very pretty, the installer is wonky, and the post-install experience is simply bland. Not exciting in any way. It’s like, okay, whatever. You have your defaults, some programs, a mediocre QA, so take or leave it. For me, there are many superior Xfce alternatives, based on Debian or otherwise. This time, 5/10.”
MX-14 | Linux Help Guy
Video review of MX-14.1. July 10, 2014. “I have to be honest, I am very very impressed with this distribution. It works outstandingly well…MX-14 will blow you out of the water. Who would run this distro? With the help of the video tutorials, I have to say: just about anybody. You cannot go wrong. Download it and take a look: you will not fail to be impressed.”
MX-14 | Sidekick
May 19, 2014. “This is Debian Stable with up-to-date applications from the Mepis repository. And remember what I wrote before about choosing distros? One of the things to consider is the repositories. Choose a distro and you’re also choosing it’s repositories. Y’wanna talk about huge, vast, ginormous, mondo-mucho gargantuan repos? Debian has the biggest and richest repositories in the entire universe! And installing software in MX is easy with the Synaptic Package Manager. I always used Synaptic anyway rather than that slow, bloated Software Center, so again, this has been an easy transition from Xubuntu so far. And when I need support, Mepis has forums where lots of wonderful people make themselves available to technophobes like me. On my first day they helped me solve two minor problems (one just by browsing the topics and reading, and the other in reply to my screenshooter issue). I’m a happy li’l sidekick today. My technophobia has not stopped me from trying out yet another Linux distro, and this one looks like it could well take Xubuntu’s place in my heart, becoming the distro I would always “run home to.””
MX-14 | antiX Linux Doesn’t Fool Around
Jack M. Germain in Linux Insider reviews MX 14.4 on June 15, 2015. “The antiX Linux distro is an outstanding operating system that performs flawlessly. It lacks the special effects of desktops such as Cinnamon, KDE and Unity, but older computers tend to be unable to run them properly. Linux offers numerous distro choices for legacy computers. antiX Linux, especially the latest release of special edition MX-14, should be at the top of your must-try list.”
David Wolski in PC-Welt.de, August 11, 2014. Highlights translated from the German: “The beginning of the new series MX-14 was plagued by some annoying bugs, and the point version [14.2] in June 2014 is an important update that irons out many errors such as the missing automount of inserted USB sticks. AntiX remains true to its motivation of furnishing a good-looking Debian system for older PCs.”
MX-14 | AntiX MX-14.3 review
Dedoimedo in his blog, January 16, 2015. “I believe the idea of any and every product is to excel at what it does, and so, to beat competition, Antix MX-14.3 must play its strong cards, performance and MX applications, against their strong cards. For instance, being able to customize the desktop is a basic necessity. You can’t be having bogus messages about browser plugins, now can you. And so we go back to the missing stuff. Indeed, this distro is not yet good enough to fight against the likes of Xubuntu and friends, but then, in the Xfce world, it’s very difficult nailing down the formula. Even Xubuntu sucked for a long time before it flourished. The truth is, it won’t take much for Antix to fill its gaps, but it will take a mindset change. Anyhow, this latest version gets 6.5/10. An improvement, but there’s more to be done.”
Christian Kopp in Adopters – Technik und Politik, December 3, 2014. Highlights translated from the German: “MX Linux…is a special GNU/Linux distribution with Xfce as Desktop Environment, which appears to be perfect not only for systems with older hardware but also for Notebooks and computers with small screens. Moreover MX-14 (Codename ‘Symbiosis’) runs absolutely stable, needs little memory and is as a whole quite easy to use.”
MX-14 | Best Xfce distro of 2014
Dedoimedo in Netrunner MAG, December 13, 2014. “It hasn’t really rang my bell, but it’s an interesting contestant, because it represents the whole side of the Linux community that normally escapes the headlines and fanboy storms. Debian based, with Mepis elements fused in. As such, it’s an example of a project with a noble mission and ignoble results. The composition just does not gel, despite some brilliant bits and pieces. Overall, Antix is not a distro that you can easily sell to new users and fresh Windows converts, but it could be a useful alternative to those with middling or high Linux skills, who take personal interest and pride in tweaking their boxes, and damn be the press releases. However, the effort alone deserves mention, and we can hope the full potential of what Antix can be is going to be unleashed unto the masses one day.”
MX-14 | Linux Help Guy
Video review of MX 14.4 on April 16, 2015. “The two key features are rock-solid stability and friendly familiar useability. I absoloutely 100% cannot fault this distribution. When something is this good, ladies and gentlemen, do not pass it up!”
MX-14 | Linuxed
April 10, 2014 “I rate MX-14 as one of the most functional XFCE 4 distros I have used. It is fast, stable and efficient. I got very good battery life with MX-14 – about 4 hours of continuous surfing, consumption of media and office work. It is about 20% higher than what I got in GNOME/KDE distros. However, MX-14 is not without it’s share of vices – the desktop theme looks good but the windows manager theme looks antiquated. Menu is placed at the bottom of the left panel and is difficult to browse. But, all these can be easily corrected and are not that serious flaws. In overall, I am very impressed with MX-14 and is using it right now as my main operating system. antiX has surely come up with a gem which is truly special. I recommend it to all Linux enthusiasts to try it out – just like me you may fall in love with it!“