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.”1