MX, AntiX, Mepis, Debian – the source of MX Linux goes back to 2007, the distribution is a cooperation of Mepis and AntiX developers and uses Xfce as the default desktop. Thanks to the 32bit version and a PAE kernel, it is suitable for use on older hardware. For more details about MX and its history, have a look at the English Wikipedia.

The MX Linux team today released the third beta of the upcoming version 17. I clicked around in the Live-ISO and took some screenshots to give a first impression. All in all, it’s very extensive and MX Linux has a lot of features to offer. However, many of the tools are designed for ambitious users rather than beginners. Again, other tools have a clear focus on newcomers. All this seems to be pretty well meant, but sometimes not 100% thought through. Often functions are spread over several windows, the user is guided from A to B and unfortunately sometimes gets insufficiently explained what he is doing and what is going on.

Best example: The codec installer. After a short question, whether the user wants to take over the responsibility for possible license violations, the installation starts with a click on “Yes” directly and closes the window afterwards. This is no problem for someone who knows the subject of non-free codecs. A newcomer is probably a little surprised afterwards and doesn’t really know what he has installed.

It remains to be seen if and how much more is going on until the final release. Nevertheless, MX is especially suitable for users who like to play around with the system and try it out or want to customize it very individually!

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