The Linux Community is growing day by day. Since the release of first Linux kernel (0.01) on September 17, 1991, there have been a lot of improvements and tools development to make Linux user friendly. MX Linux is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution created from Debian’s “stable” branch. The product is as a result of cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities.

The default Desktop Environment on MX Linux is Xfce but other desktop environments can be installed depending on the user preference. MX Linux is a mid-weight operating system designed to be simple in configuration, good stability, solid performance and to provide an efficient desktop experience.

In this article we will be covering the installation of MX Linux 19.3 on VirtualBox | VMware Workstation. The same steps applies to installation of MX Linux on your Laptop or Workstation. The only change is creation of a bootable medium – USB stick or CD ROM.

Step 1: Download MX Linux 19.3 ISO

Before installing any Linux distribution an OS image is required. Head over to MX Linux downloads page and download the latest ISO image.

Use Direct repo link or Torrents option to download the ISO file. For Direct link you’ll be redirected to sourceforge from where you can pull the latest files.

Step 2: Create MX Linux Template on VirtualBox | VMware Workstation

Once you’ve downloaded the ISO file and saved to your local machine, launch VirtualBox or VMware workstation to create MX Linux Virtual Machine.

VirtualBox

Click on “New” button to initiate creation of MX Linux Virtual Machine.

Give the virtual machine a name, choose VMs folder, Linux type and Version.

Set the amount of Memory to be allocated to MX Linux Virtual Machine. This setting should be relative to the amount of free memory available in your computer.

In the next screens select defaults, on file location and size set accordingly. Set disk size that will suit your use case.

Double-click on the create VM name and attache MX Linux ISO image downloaded to begin installation.

VMware Workstation

On VMware Workstation Console click “New” to create new Virtual Machine.

Choose “Install from image” under installation method. If you have Virtual Machine already installed on VirtualBox and working you can import to VMware Workstation.

Drag the ISO image we downloaded or manually select it.

The image selected will appear in the next screen. From the screenshot you can see MX Linux 19.3 ISO image I downloaded earlier.

Choose Operating system type. MX Linux is based on Debian Linux distribution.

Choose the “Firmware Type” to be used.

Confirm settings then click “Finish”.

Step 3: Install MX Linux 19.3 on VirtualBox | VMware Workstation

MX Linux will be booted to the Live environment. There is an icon on the Desktop called “Installer”. Click on it to begin installation.

The next installation steps are:

  • Agree to terms of use
  • Choose disk installation type – Mostly “Auto-install using entire disk”

Agree to disk formatting prompts.

Installation of MX Linux 19.x should begin as the files are copied to the disk.

At some point the installation will be paused awaiting actions from you. Click “Next” to continue.

Input computer name and domain.

Choose Locale and Configure correct timezone for clock.

Create initial admin user, set password for the user and password for the root user. You can optionally enable automatic login on machine restart.

Once installation is complete hit “Finish” button to start using MX Linux 19 installed.

Launch the terminal and perform updates on the system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo reboot

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