I’ve been testing MX Linux since around May or June of 2019, and it just keeps getting better! Created its own MX Linux page back around that same time. Some hardworking people on the MX team ‘n in the Supporting Communities. Great Job!

I have finally caught up on reviewing my Linux OS tests, well, after I finish this post. 😉

MX Linux 21

I went wid the MX-21_ahs_x64.iso for its “Advanced Hardware Support” feature:

Many Distros, like the overrated Arch ‘n ‘Archies‘, falsely claim to be “cutting edge” wid all the proper “updated drivers,” but they lack many needed drivers – *AND* – miss loads of much needed firmware in this modern computer era.

Taking the extra time to tweak ‘n work wid AMD Ryzen + AMD Radeon RX products is something many Linux OS developers devote little time to, since AMD isn’t fully supportive of Linux, like Intel is. AMD spends most of their time ‘n money on self-promotion, and are not easy to work wid.

Firmware is something that Linux lacks in…e.g. my new Dell XPS 13 just went thru another major firmware update last night, the second since getting it in September (Laptops are sensitive, and need their ‘Firmware Fixes‘ in order to function to their fullest). It is an automated process that requires the laptop to be plugged into an outlet. That first major firmware update involved lots of Intel ‘Stuff‘ that I didn’t take note of; however, I tried to list what went on last night:

  • BIOS updated
  • Intel TBT Retimer
  • Intel TBT Retimer 2
  • ISH FW
  • Some Management ‘Thingie (??)
  • Intel MEFW update
  • Intel Management
  • Primary EC BIOS GUID [1]
  • Backup EC GUID [1]

All firmware ‘Stuff‘ that was being Flashed automatically. MX Linux is one of the few Linux OSes that even addresses “Advanced Hardware Support.” Many OEMS don’t even provide updated firmware support for Linux, so Linux users need to pay attention to what hardware they are going wid, instead of ‘Blindly‘ following what they are told.

I try to keep new hardware on all My Computers, and have used the MX Linux “Advanced Hardware Support” (ahs) ISO option whenever testing. Only hardware issues I ever had wid MX Linux was wid the old Ace the Laptop (problematic laptop that I threw away).

Installation

I used Ventoy to create the ‘Live’ media…so far, only CentOS Stream hasn’t worked wid Ventoy. CentOS Stream is a huge ISO @ almost 8 GBs, which may have been the problem. Ventoy is basically all I use to create bootable USB drive’s now…so easy to use ‘n clean up afterwards.

The MX-21_ahs_x64.iso uses the Xfce desktop, which is the “flagship desktop” of MX Linux. I don’t normally like Xfce, but MX Linux has tweaked it in a way that most anyone can use it, and combined it wid MX Tools so that I found it very easy to move around in. Great Job on a DE that I usually hate using!

Simple ‘n fast installation, and booted right into the newly installed Wildflower Xfce DE:

That was the ‘Password Dependent‘ user section…I hate annoying “Authenticate” popups ‘n ‘Pesky Passwords‘. However, MX Linux provides an option to login @ Welcome Screen as root, but that section doesn’t have sound. Sound works in the ‘Password Dependent‘ user section, but not in the root user section. That’s my one complaint about MX Linux.

The NVIDIA Driver Version 470.63.01 gets installed automatically during installation.

It also has my favorite Linux Package Manager – the Synaptic Package Manager.

My MX Linux part 4 – Seven Desktop Environments post from 6/11/2019 is one of the highest viewed posts I have, at 3,113 views. I used MX Package Installer (similar to Synaptic Package Manager) for most of that post, and it is part of the MX Tools.

MX Tools

MX Tools is a compilation of graphical resources that make MX Linux unique, in comparison to other Linux distributions. MX Tools makes it easy to access most system tasks like changing Panel orientation or look, flash updates, codec installer, Boot Repair, sound, NVIDIA driver installer (for corresponding video cards), Broadcom Manager (for wifi card setup), Package Installer, Repo Manager and more.

That MX-21_ahs_x64.iso is *LOADED* wid special MX Tools, extra apps, LibreOffice, etc. at only 1.67 GBs…no bloat in this Linux OS!

Cinnamon Desktop

The default Xfce desktop wasn’t bad, but I like that Windows look that the Cinnamon desktop provides. I used the Synaptic Package Manager this time:

That gave me this System Info:

And this Cinnamon Desktop:

If MX was my Top Secondary OS (Windows 11 Pro is primary), then I would probably look for that Xfce Wildflower wallpaper, since I did like it for a change.

Conclusion

I have a new review of a new Linux Distro started, and will bring this post to an end.

Be sure to check out the MX Linux page for more info ‘n pics, and I will add this post to it. MX Linux 21 Wildflower is a great Linux OS that both Newbies and/or Oldies can easily use.

  • Something about the terminal was also interesting, besides not even really using it, can’t put my finger on it, but it seemed to almost be ‘Automated‘?!? MX Linux would open it at times, and offered commands…sorta ‘Automatically‘!? Hard to remember and/or describe, and wished I had paid more attention. They have done something unusual wid that Terminal, IMHO! 😉

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!