MX Linux 21


Sep 30, 2005
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MX Linux 21 RC Candidate Available For Testing

MX Linux is a midweight Linux distribution that aims to be simple and stable. The distribution is available in three different flavors: Xfce, KDE Plasma, and Fluxbox. This new iteration of the distribution is based on Debian 11 (Bullseye), which includes all of the latest components and security patches.

MX is a very stable distro and an excellent starter for anyone new to the penguin world. When MX-21 reaches a stable state I will be replacing my MX-19 on my backup laptop with it. I have been using MX since the MX-17 version and have never had a problem with any updates or stability issues.

This MX-21 RC version should be pretty stable with possibly a few minor bugs and well worth a try out on a spare partition.



Sep 30, 2005
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MX-21 “Wildflower” released!

Looks like MX-21 has entered a stable state. So am downloading via torrent right now. I use the Xfce version but have had good reports on the KDE versions of MX over the years.

MX-21 Torrent Files

MX Linux XFCE Review (2021)

In this post, we’ll take a look at MX Linux’s desktop and try to figure out what makes MX Linux the most popular distro according to I will also point out its flaws.

Well it looks like the 1.87 GB .iso has finished downloading via torrent. So I guess I will spend the next couple of hours loading it to a usb stick and then installing it on my ole ToughBook laptop. Strange to think that in just a few hours I can have a brand new up to date super stable operating system installed along with a whole host of very useful programs for free and can run it on my old hardware. Seems like a much greener option than some of the alternative operating systems out there.



Hon. Acoustical Engineer
Mar 16, 2002
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I prefer the KDE variant of MX Linux and have been using it for few years now. It works very nicely and I have had no issues whatsoever.


Sep 30, 2005
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I prefer the KDE variant of MX Linux and have been using it for few years now. It works very nicely and I have had no issues whatsoever.

Good to have some first hand information on the KDE front as lots of folk prefer the more modern look.
I did try to get along with KDE when I first started out with the penguins but I found it as buggy as heck, constant changes and crashes it was almost as bad as Windows.
KDE is in its fifth version and has matured into a stable and well featured desktop well suited to modern folk. I'll stick with Window Maker though. :eek:


Sep 30, 2005
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Darn it don't you hate it when things go wrong.

I spent three or four minutes trying to set up my wireless connection on MX-21 and then realised that I did not have a wireless dongle plugged in. Then to top it all I tried logging in here and forgot I had the caps lock on so got booted out and had to wait for 14 minutes before logging in.

Time I put to good use. Updated the install and installed KeePassXC and Zim.

Wireless connected straight away after I plugged in the dongle. Did not even have to set it up, guess it got the info from the MX-19 install somehow.

So here is a screen shot of the ToughBook install.


Everything seems to work ok and whilst there is a slight slow down with FireFox, I do have music playing in the background, for a modern os on an old laptop things are running pretty darn smoothly.Here is some information on the laptop with MX-21 installed and running.

System:    Host: <filter> Kernel: 5.10.0-9-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10.0-9-amd64
           root=UUID=<filter> ro quiet splash
           Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.24 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.26.0
           Distro: MX-21_x64 Wildflower October 20  2021 base: Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Matsu****a product: CF-52AJCBUAE v: 001 serial: <filter>
           Mobo: Matsu****a model: CF52-1A v: 001 serial: <filter> BIOS: Phoenix v: 1.00L15M30
           date: 11/07/2007
Battery:   ID-1: BATA charge: 30.8 Wh condition: 73.3/86.6 Wh (85%) volts: 11.9/11.1
           model: Panasonic CF-VZSU29A type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: Charging
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 Duo T7300 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Core Merom
           family: 6 model-id: F (15) stepping: B (11) microcode: BA L2 cache: 4096 KiB
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 7979
           Speed: 1074 MHz min/max: 800/2001 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 839 2: 859
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported
           Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
           Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
           Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
           Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
           Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
           Type: srbds status: Not affected
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:  Device-1: AMD RV550/M71 [Mobility Radeon HD 2300] vendor: Matsu****a driver: radeon
           v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1002:7210
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 driver: ati,radeon
           unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1920x1200~47Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: ATI RV515 v: 2.1 Mesa 20.3.5 direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 82801H HD Audio vendor: Matsu****a driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
           bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:284b
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.0-9-amd64
Network:   Device-1: Intel 82566MM Gigabit Network vendor: Matsu****a driver: e1000e v: kernel
           port: 1800 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1049
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Device-2: Ralink MT7601U Wireless Adapter type: USB driver: mt7601u bus ID: 3-1:3
           chip ID: 148f:7601 serial: <filter>
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 133.56 GiB used: 13.50 GiB (10.1%)
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Micron model: M550 MTFDDAV128MAY size: 119.24 GiB block size:
           physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: MU01
           scheme: MBR
           ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra Fit size: 14.32 GiB block size:
           physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter> rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR
Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 113.36 GiB size: 111.02 GiB (97.94%) used: 6.50 GiB (5.9%) fs: ext4
           dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 5.87 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap swappiness: 15 (default 60)
           cache pressure: 100 (default) dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
           1: deb bullseye-updates main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
           1: deb bullseye main contrib non-free
           2: deb bullseye-security main contrib non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list
           1: deb bullseye main non-free
Info:      Processes: 213 Uptime: 46m Memory: 3.84 GiB used: 1.32 GiB (34.3%) Init: SysVinit
           v: 2.96 runlevel: 5 default: 5 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.1 alt: 10 Shell: quick-system-in
           running in: quick-system-in inxi: 3.0.36

Mind you this old laptop with a 2007 Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 can still run a clip in VLC whilst downloading another clip while I type this post. An pretty darn smoothly at that, I wonder if the Microsoft and Windows latest os's can do something similar ?

Did I mention that I managed to install and update etc etc in just over an hour. Could probably have done it in less time but I am nearly 70 and get a tad distracted whilst doing things.

Has Mx-21 got my vote. Yup it sure does.Whats not to like a free os upgrade that comes with almost all the programs you would need for normal daily stuff, that takes just a couple of hours to download and install and customise slightly, an ensures that you can keep your old hardware running for a while longer, thus helping to save the planet. Yup it sure do.


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