Saturday, January 30, 2016

a gem of a distro

Downloaded MX-15 "Fusion" (MX-15_x64.iso, about 985 MB). I used Unetbootin in Debian Jessie KDE to put it on a flash drive (note: Unetbootin is no longer available in the Stable repos; I'd added it back when Jessie was still in Testing).

Even if you never install MX-15 to the hard drive, it's definitely worth having around for live sessions. Here's a shot of what you'll see when you first boot into the live session:

Looks like a lot of work went into MX-15's documentation. Not bad. That "MX Welcome" window can be brought up at any time from the main menu.

MX-15 is based on antiX and Debian, as shown in the lines that are uncommented by default in the files in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory:

deb jessie main

deb jessie main contrib non-free
deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free

deb mx15 main non-free

MX-15 shipped with Firefox 43.0.1, Xfce 4.12, Thunar as the default file manager, and a ton of other apps and tools. For an overview of the release, see this page:

Some shots of MX-15's main menu, below.


A few games:





Screenshots of the Settings and System menus would certainly be overkill here -- there's just too much in there (!) -- but here's a shot of the Settings Manager:

I don't think I'll be installing MX-15, but I'll go back later and set up persistence on the flash drive. I spent just enough time with the live session to explore the system a bit, and to create this blog post, and I came away very impressed. Officially called "a special version of antiX" and without its own listing in the DistroWatch page hit rankings, MX might be the best-kept secret of the Linux world. Excellent community effort... Kudos!

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