MX Linux 17 An Easy To Use Linux Distro For Noobs
Features At A Glance
MX 17 released on 15 Dec 2017
24 March 2014
Debian 9.3 (stretch)
Available in both 32-bit (PAE and non-PAE)and 64-bit (PAE only) ISOs
Medium-sized footprint with decent user interface theme and performance meant for beginners.
Default Desktop Theme
System Requirements for hard drive installation
MX Linux Installation
Burning MX 17 ISO image onto USB drive is straightforward and did not give any glitches while running the OS from the USB drive. The default desktop theme is Xfce which has the taskbar along the left edge of the screen. The desktop theme Xfce is highly customizable and tweaking its settings is easy.Coming to default software applications, MX 17 comes with standard software to carry out day-to-day activities of a typical user. It does come with a set of installed games for game lovers. From a user experience (UX) perspective, one can say MX 17 has done a good job.
When the user boots up the MX for the first time, the desktop environment will load a welcome window containing various links will appear as follows:
Applications Bundled With MX 17
MX 17 has all the applications that the typical user needs to get started. You have LibreOffice, VLC, GIMP, FireFox, PDF-Suffler, etc. to join the party along with the handful of utilities and accessories useful in daily use. Followings are the partial list of default applications with this release:
- Office Productivity Suite: LibreOffice v5.4.1-1
- Email client: Thunderbird v52.5
- Music Player/Manager: Clementine v1.3.1
- Web browser: Firefox v57.0.2
- Backup: LuckyBackup v0.4.9-1
- Security: Passwords and Key v3.20.0-3.1
- Terminal: Xfce4 Terminal v0.8.3-1
- CD and DVD burning application: Xfburn v0.5.4
- Games: AisleRiot Solitaire, Chromium B.S.U, LBreakout2, Mahjongg, Peg-E, Swall Foop, Hearts Card Game
- Graphics: GIMP, gscan2pdf, LibreOffice Draw, Nomacs
- Internet: GNOME PPP, HexChat, Transmission
- Multi-media: Alsamixer Audio, Asunder CD Ripper, Clementine, gMTP, guvcview, PulseAudio, SMTube, VLC
- Security: Gufw firewall
- Miscellaneous: Dictionary, FBReader (e-book reader), Orange Desktop Calendar, Orange localtime, PDF-Suffler (PDF merging, rearranging and splitting), Live-usb Maker, MX Boot Repair, Nvidia driver installer, MX Repo Manager, MX Package Installer, Bluetooth Manager, Catfish File search, ClipIt Clipboard Manager, Conky Theme Manager, GParted, Grub Customizer, and Samba.
- Preferences for mouse and touchpad by clicking “Start menu -> Settings -> Mouse and Touchpad” and click “Start menu ->Settings -> Keyboard” in order to set keyboard settings.
- For setting video and audio settings, click “Start menu -> Settings -> Display” and “Start menu -> Multimedia -> PulseAudio Volume Control”. Nvidia display cards can be installed using the “nvidia-settings” package. MX 7 supports ATI and Intel cards too.
- Samba on MX Linux allows users to print via the network. Click “ Start menu -> System -> Print Settings” and configure new printer. Scanners (through SANE) and webcam will work in MX Linux.
- The GRUB (bootloader) specific settings can be modified by clicking “Start menu -> System -> Grub Customizer.
- MX 7 supports both “su” and “sudo” way of obtaining administrator privileges.
- Software packages can be managed through Synaptic (GUI based APT packaging system). Aptitude is also can be used.
- For burning images onto USB drives, live-usb maker or UNetbootin can be used.