If you’re looking for a Windows alternative but have shied away from Linux, MX Linux may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Linux distributions have always held promise for Windows users to migrate away from an expensive OS. Even Windows 10 has enough quirks and issues that a truly robust and functional Linux alternative could easily entice longtime Windows users to switch.
Let’s take a closer look at MX Linux from the perspective of a longtime Windows user.
Installing MX Linux
MX Linux comes in 32-bit and 64-bit options, so even if you’re looking at installing it on an older machine, you won’t have any problems.
This test installation was done on a 2005 Dell Optiplex GX620.
If you’re unfamiliar with the process of installing a Linux distro, just download the MX Linux ISO and follow our guide for creating a bootable ISO USB or disk. Installing the USB ISO to complete installation took less than 15 minutes.
The installation options chosen for our testing included:
- Selecting the full, single-partition installation on a 32-bit machine
- Installing GRUB bootloader for MX Linux and Windows on the master boot record (MBR)
- Chosing option to install Samba server for MS networking
- Enabling Autologin and Save live desktop changes
The MX Linux Bootup Experience
The boot process after initial setup should be quick.