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What do you get when the lightweight antiX distribution collaborates with the once-prominent MEPIS community? Answer: A Debian derivative that has been first in page hits on DistroWatch for three years and shows few signs of slipping.

Install MX Linux, and the reasons for its popularity become obvious immediately. The antiX core makes for a speedy system, and many will approve of MX Linux's minimal reliance on systemd. Newcomers can appreciate the clear and detailed documentation, especially in the installer, and the orienting Welcome screen and tour of the desktop. For more experienced users, the desktop contains a series of tools rarely if ever matched in other distributions. These original tools include graphic interfaces for editing Bash, the boot manager, repositories, the firewall, and advanced backup techniques. Less spectacularly but equally usefully, MX Linux also includes a USB formatter, a Live USB creator, and a Samba configurer – as well as many other tools for tasks that are done from the command line in other distributions.

For more information, see this issue's Distro Walk.

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