How to install MX Linux on your PC

Installing MX Linux is as easy as installing any other Linux distribution on your computer. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you with the process.

MX Linux is a very flexible and mid-weight Linux distro based on Debian. It’s light enough to bring old laptops back to life, yet powerful enough to take full advantage of modern and advanced desktops. The balanced GNU/Linux operating system is suitable for everyone, from early Linux explorers to professional users and developers.

A quick tour of MX Linux Live USB will show you exactly why it has quickly become one of the most popular Linux distributions. Here’s how to install MX Linux on your PC.

Where do you get MX Linux?

You can get a free copy of MX Linux directly from mxlinux.org. The major distro comes with a beautifully customized XFCE desktop environment and works as a mid-range version that works well on both old and new devices.

Desktop MX Linux XFCE

For those with modern hardware who want more flash and power from their desktop, there is a KDE Plasma running version. On the other hand, if you are looking to get the most out of your old hardware, you can download a very light version using the Fluxbox desktop. In general, MX Linux should work fine on any machine with a 64-bit processor.

What you will need to install MX Linux

Since MX Linux has its origins in Debian, the hardware requirements for the operating system are actually quite low. While you can have less than that, we recommend the following minimums for most users:

Processeur Intel ou AMD 64 bits
4 Go de RAM
20 Go de stockage interne

You will also need a USB drive with at least 8GB of storage to create a live image via a bootable USB.

The MX Linux installation process is very efficient and easy to follow. To get started, connect the USB drive containing the MX Linux live installation media to your computer, reboot, enter the system boot menu, and select boot from USB drive.

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When the MX Linux boot menu appears, you can just press Enter to select the first option, or wait about 30 seconds and the live system will boot automatically. In a few moments, you should see the initial desktop of MX Linux Live.

Live Desktop will present you with a welcome dialog that will allow you to install MX Linux on your system’s hard drive or explore the many help links and tutorials to learn more about exactly what MX Linux is and how it works. To start the installation process, simply select Install MX Linux at the top middle of the list.

The installer will first ask you how you want to format your hard drive. By default, the installer scans the entire hard drive and formats it for use with MX Linux. This will erase all data on your hard drive, including current operating systems.

If you plan to dual-boot your system with another operating system such as Windows, you will need to choose the Customize disk layout option to create and/or resize disk partitions manually.

On this screen, you can also choose if you want to encrypt your MX Linux partitions. To do this, just check the encryption box and specify a password. Make sure you fully understand the pros and cons of encrypting your disk before starting this process. Once encryption is enabled, your system will not be able to boot without the encryption password.

MX Linux Installation Format Disk

When you make your choices and select Next, the system asks you to confirm your willingness to modify the hard drive before any destructive action. When you answer yes, the installer starts configuring the disk according to your choices.

MX Linux installation network name

You may notice here that the MX Linux installer works a little differently than other distributions to improve installation efficiency. The installer will start configuring your hard drive and system in the background while still asking you a few questions about how you want to configure everything. If he gets to a point where he needs information that you haven’t entered yet, he’ll stop until you provide him.

Just follow the instructions to complete the installation process. After the hard disk configuration options, it will ask you what name you want the computer to have on your network. If you’re not sure, the default settings should be fine.

MX Linux installation language

Next, the installer will ask you to set your region and timezone so that the clock can sync properly.

Username to install MX Linux

Once the system time is set correctly, the next step is to set up your user account and decide if you want to enable a root account. By default, root account logging is disabled and administrative tasks are performed using the sudo command. If you want to enable the root account, just check the box and provide a password for the account.

You can also choose to enable Autologin here if you wish. With Autologin enabled, your system will boot directly to your desktop without asking for your password. Note that if you intend to store sensitive data on your computer, enabling the Autologin feature is a serious security risk.

MX Linux installation complete

With the account password(s) configured, the installer will have all the information it needs to complete the installation. The complete installation should take five to ten minutes, but may take longer depending on the speed of your device. With that, you have successfully installed MX Linux on your PC. You are done!

Reboot and enjoy the new MX Linux!

Now all you have to do is reboot and start exploring the new MX Linux system. You will find many of the most used Linux applications already installed and waiting for you. And with a wide range of Linux applications available for Debian-based distributions, it is easy to find and install any type of application you might need for your workflow.

It is also recommended that you take a few minutes to explore the help and tutorial links that appear in the welcome dialog. You’ll be transitioning to your new workspace like a pro in minutes.

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