MX-21 | MX-21 KDE – Now, here’s a verily splendid distro

As a great fan of this ‘small, feisty distro’, he usually tests and likes the Xfce flavours. This time Dedoimedo provides a thorough and honest discussion of MX-21 KDE, despite his disappointment with the KDE flavour last year, and was pleasantly surprised to see the superb Plasma 5.20. He notes the desktop is ‘pretty with crisp colours and clear black fonts’ but felt that the screen Conky and system usage widget create duplicated ‘noise’. He opined that during installation, the partition table is a ‘nice idea, but not implemented well’. That said, he did comment that MX is pretty much the only distro he has tried recently that also lets you save your live session. He noticed a couple of hardware compatibility annoyances with his screen brightness at boot and automatic connection of the wifi. On the other hand, he found the desktop ‘blazing fast and super responsive’, with a quiet 0-1% CPU usage at idle and a slightly higher than average idle memory usage. He finishes with ‘There are tiny quirks here and there [but] this edition has style, grace, speed and a great selection of software.’

MX-21 | Review: MX Linux 21 (DistroWatch Weekly Issue 942)

Jeff Siegel test drives MX 21 Wildflower and simply states ‘It is that well done…it is such a joy to use.’ He commends the developers’ serious effort in not just making MX work, but work even better, including terrific documentation, a surprisingly effective installer and the fully self-contained MX-Tools with software for almost every contingency. In his trial, everything worked out of the box, even including his touchscreen, which he found remarkable given the ‘consistent inconsistency [Linux has] with touchscreens.’ He does comment that most of the MX-designed apps lack the glitz and polish that so many others deliver, but for him the biggest drawback is that there is almost too much tweaking possible with MX.

MX-21 | DistroWatch Top 5 Distributions Review: MX Linux

Mike Turcotte-McCusker gives his take on the current #1 (by hits) on DistroWatch, opting for the Xfce flavour of MX Linux. He comments that although the graphical installer looked dated, it was very well documented and the installation itself was insanely fast. In his view, MX Linux has everything the average user needs to enjoy themselves and be productive. He enthuses that the absolutely massive suite of MX related tools shows the level of depth and care put in by the development team and when running a selection of applications he noted that everything flew open right away without hiccups or stuttering. Despite him not liking the layout of the side panel, nor being a fan of Xfce typically, once he had organised things to his liking, he admits that MX is responsive, fast and a pleasure to use.

MX-21 | MX Linux 21 ‘Wildflower’ – Beautiful, Simple & Stable OS

In their channel, Ebuzz Central give a substantial overview of the KDE flavour of MX-21 including looking at ‘a lot of helpful tools’ and tweaks provided as default, as well as detailing how to customise the look and feel to suite your own tastes. They note that being KDE most of it will feel familiar, but ‘all in all, [it’s] a great update for MX.’

MX-21 | MX Linux 21 First Look – The Best Debian Distro

When Matt @TheLinuxCast last looked at MX Linux he commented on the ‘really cool, unique tools that made the distribution kind of awesome.’ This time he undertakes an extensive exploration of the new features and custom tools, starting with installation, where he comments that the installer is ‘fairly bland’ with a lot of textual help. His next stop is the ‘spectacular’ MX Tour, which he thinks is ‘really cool,’ as it is designed as an in-depth introduction to the many features and graphical tools. He then reviews MX Tweaks to customise the desktop experience and gives his genuine reactions to the some of the software included as standard. He ends saying that now, ‘Debian has some really good options for both new users and long-time users.’ 

MX-21 | One of the nicest, most user-friendly XFCE desktops around

A comprehensive and systematic overview by Tyler’s Tech of the new MX-21 Beta 1 release covering the whole process from live boot through “a very quick install process” on real hardware . Gives an overview of the default settings, menus and applications, including packaged versions and their typical uses. Shares his opinions on some of the features – “I’ve always liked the way they set up their panels” and “a massive fan of that Docklike Taskbar implementation”. Also shows some of the simple ways he tweaks the setup including installing his favorite flatpaks.

MX-19 | MX Linux Package Installer review – Nice but can be nicer

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.”

MX-19 | MX Linux MX-19.3 patito feo – A year later, things be spiffier

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.

MX-19 | MX Linux | The Best Midweight Distribution

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-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.”

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.

MX-19 | MX Linux MX-19 patito feo – The longest mile

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.


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.

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