I tested the MX Linux KDE5 Standard Desktop Environment back around June 11, 2019 using the MX Package Installer (similar to Synaptic Package Manager), and wrote about it in ‘MX Linux part 4 – Seven Desktop Environments’.
That was only a little over 5 months after I started this blog, so was still knocking the dust off ‘n feeling my way around all the tempting Distros. The seven DE’s were Budgie, Gnome Base, KDE5 Standard, LXDE, MATE, Cinnamon, and MX’s long time default Xfce DE.
I’ve had an up ‘N down experience with MX Linux, but have always respected what they were creating, and how they went about that. From DistroWatch: “…Adding KDE Plasma to the existing Xfce/MX-fluxbox desktops will provide for a wider range user needs and wants.”
As fellow blogger LeendaDLL might say: ‘Brilliant!’ Yes, certainly a Bold ‘n Brilliant move on MX Linux part, but ‘Pushing the Envelope’ has been their modus operandi. I’m not a fan of KDE, but it is a very popular DE, and has a strong supporting cast. MX has done a great job working KDE in with what they have been doing, and I had absolutely no problem moving around in it…in fact, I like it a *LOT* better than their Xfce.
I didn’t waste any time easing it in with the Linux main Intel testing machine, and thru the ‘Live’ USB (created with Rufus) right in with ‘Apevia’ the Ryzen™ with the GeForce GTX 1660! Just an incredible job of hardware recognition – from wireless USB adapter to the Ryzen™ APU it had no problems in ‘Live’ testing, and the generic llvmpipe graphics was fine for the ‘Live’ version.
Decided to do a full install, with internet, and using a 120GB test SSD for the target disk. It was a fast install, and fortunately it had asked if I wanted to save the ‘Live’ settings and changes. Had taken about 10 pics of the installation and they wouldn’t go on a USB…and it was rebooting before I had remembered to move the pics to the USB – OOOPS! MX had saved them, so I can share some here:
I went with the Auto-install selection, after making sure the installer had listed the correct target disk. Next…
Just went with their default selections, i.e. Grub and its Install location. Tried to get by without the user name and ‘Pesky Password’:
Ended up with user and root passwords, which will keep it out of my Top 5.
OK…installation was fine, and it rebooted into the new KDE DE with all my ‘Live’ settings ‘n changes saved.
MX had a Nvidia Installation icon listed under MX Tools…clicked that ‘n got this:
I didn’t have to type much if anything…mainly just hit enter for the default selection. Next…
Continued with it doing its MX ‘Thang, and then offered its Candidate is: nvidia-driver 440.100-1~mx19+1 which is the correct driver for Linux. Just hit enter for the default selection. Next…
Finished up ‘n showed Installed is: nvidia-driver 440.100-1~mx19+1 so it was done and I hit ‘q’ for quit.
Trying to find things in a Distro that you don’t use much can be difficult, and KDE can make it even more difficult: however, I found it easier to find thing this time in MX than in previous times. I like to check out system information…MX has it in Start > System > Info Center (AKA KInfocenter):
MX has a lot of the systems information on the left side, and I wanted to double-check that the GeForce 1660 driver was actually installed:
On the left side – Device Information > PCI dropdown shows the TU116 [GeForce GTX 1660] device I was looking for.
MX Linux did an excellent job with this Distro!