MX-17 a very very useful Distro.

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    This is another chapter of the excellent MX Linux distro. See the previous chapters here,

    https://www.pcreview.co.uk/threads/mx-15-a-sweet-os-for-older-pcs.4070294/

    https://www.pcreview.co.uk/threads/mx-16-well-worth-a-try.4071706/

    I have just downloaded the latest .iso's for 32 and 64 bit pc's and will post further when I have had a chance to try them out. Meanwhile here are some reviews on this latest offering,

    https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/84956.html

    http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/mx-linux-17-an-easy-to-use-linux-distro-for-noobs

    Further review links including many video links from here,

    https://mxlinux.org/reviews

    Happy New Year to you all.

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    Above is a screen shot of MX-17 the 64 bit variety running on a 16 GB Patriot USB. As you can see from the inxi-F running in the terminal I am using a pretty darn old pc as a host. Despite the almost obsolete host MX-17 is running very sweetly and its performance would be perfectly acceptable as a daily runner for most folk.
    The host has a meager 2 GB of ram and could benefit from a upgrade to 4 or 6 GB's.

    I used a program called RUFUS to install MX on to the usb as I only have a couple of Windows pc's running at present. I do have a copy of MX-16 on a usb stick but can not find it at the moment so I had to go the Windows route.
    Rufus is a very easy and quick tool and is well worth investigating for any Windows user who wants try out penguins on sticks.

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    So far me MX-17 on a stick is working well.
    I have added a few programs and made some tweaks. Most importantly changing the root password, installing KeePassX and a couple of other things. Then I ran the Remaster tool which was a success. So I now have an up to date os on a stick to use when traveling or in the rare event of me borking my main pc.
    To give myself double safety I ran the SnapShot tool to make a .iso of the running usb install. This went well and I used the .iso to make a second MX-17-tweaked on a stick.
    I would have preferred to have had a stick with persistence as this would make life much easier but I could not get persistence to work and gave up trying. I may try again at some future date.

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    Abarbarian, Jan 22, 2018
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    Do you know why persistence didn't work? It would be really handy to be able to customise it and have all of your tweaks/installs saved. I had a bit of a Google and it looks like it's a common problem - but they may have fixed some problems in the very latest versions (released a couple of days ago).
     
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    No idea really why it don't work for me. I read in the forums about problems, got the impression that installing the latest up dates would fix the problem. Did that but still no go.
    I may have got the problems as I initially formatted and wrote the usb from Windows and had to use Fat32. When I tried to do persistence the system seemed to try adding the persistence files as ext4.Tried doing persistence from the boot screen and also when the system had loaded. I had a fair few goes but got sick of trying in the end. The starting from Windows may be why the Live USB Maker tool did not fully work either. I am just stabbing in the dark with these ideas as I do know what the problem was. Might be operator error or some other type of gremlin lol.
    I have finished fiddling with the usb install on me old pc, did not want to chance borking me gaming pc, and will now be using the MX-17 on a stick with me posh rig.
    It really flies along on this rig and after making changes and adding tweaks I am remastering the usb install on the fly. It only takes four minutes so the time factor is no issue, remembering to remaster may be. However once set up I will only need to remaster after system updates. I use Xmarks for keeping me FireFox browser bookmarks in sync across all systems and they are really the only items that will change normally.

    I will have another look at the persistence thing another day.

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    I did finally get persistence sorted out btu it was so long ago I have forgotten what I did. Suffice to say MX-17 has been working just fine of my usb stick for the last six months. Also I have installed MX-17 to a Tough Book 19 for my sister who is using teh Tough Book as a recipe store/reader whilst cooking and also as a starter pc for my grand niece, 4 years old. The little lass loves the TUX TYPE and TUX RACER programs and is happily working her way through the fifty or so games I installed along with the several hundred free animated shorts I installed for her.

    Any way here is another good article on this luverly distro.

    MX Linux 17: An upgraded distro made for beginners

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    Hands-on with MX Linux: A pleasant, easy-to-install Linux distribution

    So far I have installed MX17 Linux on four of my systems -- my Acer All-In-One desktop and Acer Aspire V laptop, both of which are UEFI firmware systems, and my Lenovo T-400 laptop and Samsung N150+ netbook, both of which are Legacy Boot (MBR) systems. I had no real issues with either installing or running MX17 on any of them (except for the irritating problem with the keyboard layout selection). Installation time ranged from a total of less than 10 minutes on the two Acer systems, to a bit more than 20 minutes on the older (slower) Lenovo and Samsung systems.

    Using MX17 Linux is very pleasant. It reminds me a lot of MEPIS, in that it just all works, and everything fits together nicely.

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    Image: J.A. Watson

    I am still using MX-17 on my back up pc and as the author says it is a very nice distro to use. [​IMG]
     
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