How to Install MX Linux Step-by-Step Guide

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A simple tutorial shows how to install the popular lightweight distribution MX Linux as a standalone system, dual-boot and in VM.

What is MX Linux?

MX Linux is a Debian-based systemd-free distribution that primarily targets lightweight and older hardware. It became popular recently due to its unique native app tools, stability, active development and a nice community of users & devs. MX Linux currently features Xfce, KDE Plasma and Fluxbox for desktops. The Debian-stable base provides the ultimate stability. Moreover, it also provides a 32-bit installer for that older hardware.

Pre-requisite before installation

  1. Download any ISO files based on your desired flavour from this link: Download MX Linux
  2. Once downloaded, create a bootable USB stick using the above ISO file. You can create a bootable USB stick with Etcher or any other utility. Here’s a guide for you: for Linux & for Windows.
  3. Plugin your USB stick which you have prepared, and reboot. While rebooting, make sure to boot into BIOS. You can boot in by pressing any hardware-specific function key while starting your laptop/desktop. A sample function list is presented below.
Brandkey to enter into BIOS
Lenovo (all laptops excluding thinkpads)F2 or Fn + F2
Lenovo (Desktops)F1
Lenovo (ThinkPads)Enter then F1.
DellF2 or F12
HPF10 or F1 or DEL
ASRockF2 or DEL
ASUSF2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for Motherboards
AcerF2 or DEL
ECSDEL
Gigabyte / AorusF2 or DEL
MSIDEL for motherboards and PCs
Microsoft Surface TabletsPress and hold volume up button.
Origin PCF2
SamsungF2
ToshibaF2
ZotacDEL
  1. Once you are into BIOS, do the followings (these screenshots might look different in your system):
    • Disable secure boot (if you are making a dual-boot system with Windows)
    • Enable USB boot and set the USB stick as the top of your boot priority order.
    • Save and exit (F10).
  2. Optional: If you are installing MX Linux as a dual-boot in a Windows system, then make sure to create a separate partition beforehand.
disable secure boot if you are preparing dual-boot with Windows
disable secure boot if you are preparing dual-boot with Windows
Set your USB stick at the top of boot order
Set your USB stick at the top of boot order
Enable USB boot in BIOS
Enable USB boot in BIOS

How to Install MX Linux

MX Linux uses a separate custom installer for its base installation. It’s a little different from other distributions.

Once you boot from the USB stick, you should see the following boot screen. Select the first option and hit enter.

MX installer boot screen
MX installer boot screen

Once you are on the live desktop, you should see an icon for installation. Launch the installer using this. On this screen, you get an option to change the keyboard layout. Hit next once you are okay with the details on this screen.

MX installer - launch shortcut
MX installer – launch shortcut

In the first screen, select the “customize disk layout” option. And hit next.

select custom or full disk layout
select custom or full disk layout

You can add or delete partitions on the next screen using the MX Linux installer. You can select the partition where you want to install MX Linux, set the mount point and proceed. Be careful on this screen since the target root partition will be formatted. At any stage, if you are not sure, you can click Close to Abort the installation.

Select partition to install
Select partition to install

Hit next once you are done with the partition. The installer will start installing the system. However, you can start adding the additional details as the installation progresses.

You can skip adding samba shares, and domains for networks unless needed. And add a user account, set root password.

GRUB install location
GRUB install location
Samba and other details for network
Samba and other details for network
Select clock settings - locale and services
Select clock settings – locale and services
add user account for MX Linux login
add user account for MX Linux login

The above screen is the final screen. Once the installation is complete, you can see the final screen as below.

MX Linux installation is complete
MX Linux installation is complete

You can now restart your system and log back in using the ID and password you created above.

And a brand new MX Linux desktop will welcome you.

MX Linux Desktop (Xfce)
MX Linux Desktop (Xfce)

Wrapping Up

This tutorial explained how to install MX Linux on your Laptop or any hardware. Also, I have mentioned instructions for dual-boot systems as well.

If you face any trouble during installation, drop a note below Or refer to the MX Linux official forum.


Arindam

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