Saturday, February 1, 2014

second beta

I tried the MX-14 beta 2 in a live session, again from a flash drive created with UNetbootin. It's shaping up to be a very interesting little distro. This second beta was put up this past week, and members of the Mepis Community are busy testing it out.

For the second beta release (I posted a little about the first one in "mx-14 beta 1"), they've switched to the QupZilla web browser; Midori shipped with the first beta. Among other things, MX-14 includes: the LibreOffice office suite, GParted, Grub Customizer, Thunar file manager, Htop, Galculator, luckyBackup, Mirage image viewer, Synaptic package manager, UNetbootin, BleachBit, Catfish file search, the Claws Mail email client, VLC music player, and some goodies like the Whisker Menu, smxi and inxi, and the MX User Assistant. There are tools for live persistence. There's a metapackage installer for easily installing various apps. Restricted codecs can be easily added as well.

Another nice touch: the "Help" document, accessible from the panel, which includes a "Quickstart" guide and info about the default web browser, customization, file management, GRUB, smxi, persistence, and remastering.

I like QupZilla, but not as much as Chromium, so for the heck of it, I decided to try the metapackage installer to add Chromium in the live session. That seemed to work fine.

The Mepis Community website ( is undergoing a renovation process; seems that it's becoming more of a site for MX than for Mepis. Interesting, as the Debian-Stable based Mepis release seems to be stuck in a holding pattern, still in beta stage.

For my purposes, MX-14 seems to be excellent to use for live sessions; the system runs quite nicely from a flash drive, and all of the tools I usually need in a live session are present. I'm not planning on doing an installation -- I've got too many distros installed here already, including the Xfce spin of Debian Wheezy -- but I think MX-14 will turn out to be excellent for everyday use as an installed system. Great job so far!

A couple more screenshots:

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