Fri. Apr 3rd, 2020

MX Linux 19.1 released, Debian-based Linux distribution

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MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities, using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

MX Linux relies on the excellent upstream work by Linux and the open-source community, deploying Xfce4 as Desktop Environment on top of a Debian Stable base. We draw from the core antiX system and include work and ideas used by Warren Woodford for his MEPIS project. Ongoing backports and outside additions to our repos serve to keep components current with developments.

MX Linux began in a discussion about future options among members of the MEPIS community in December 2013. Developers from antiX then joined them, bringing the ISO build system as well as the Live-USB/DVD technology. The name “MX” was chosen to combine the first letter of Mepis with the last of antiX, thus symbolizing their collaboration.

MX Linux

The MX-19.1 is now available for download.


this release includes the latest updates from debian 10.3 (buster) and MX repos.

Xfce 4.14

Xfce 4.14

GIMP 2.10.12
MESA 18.3.6 (19.2.1 ahs)
updated firmware
Latest debian 4.19 kernel (5.4 ahs)

Browser: Firefox 73
Video Player: VLC 3.0.8
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 68.4.0
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes) (6.4 available in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps)

and more in the MX repositories.

–New and updated mx-apps

mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) – uses /home/demo for a basic user settings if /home/demo exists in the linuxfs tarball (remasters, personal snapshots…)
mx-packageinstaller now has a –install-recommends option to installing “recommended” packages as well as regular dependencies.
mx-tweak – allows to set user or root password for gui authentication prompts (pkexec). also a new Display tab to allow users to access Xfce 4.14’s hidden xrandr scaling options.
brightness-systray – control hardware backlight or software brightness (xrandr) via notification area icon.
mx-pkexec – bash completion support, as well as better passthru from legacy gksu calls.
thick border window manager theme options

MX-Fluxbox – alternate window manager and supporting packages are now included on the isos. Use the session chooser on the lightdm login screen to try it! (See this blog post for more info:

updated Manual

many mx-apps received translation updates (we love translators)