How To Install MX Linux


MX Linux

MX Linux is a mid-weight operating system compiled by the people that brought you AntiX and Mepis Linux.

It is designed to be elegant and efficient with high stability, solid performance without using too many resources.

This guide will show you how to install MX Linux

What you will need

A MX Linux USB drive

Click here for a guide which shows how to create a MX Linux USB drive.

You can also buy a MX Linux USB drive from here.

(Prices range from $5.95 for a DVD to $14.95 for a USB drive)

How To Install MX Linux

Insert the MX Linux USB drive, restart your computer and press the relevant function key to bring up the boot menu for your computer. When the boot menu appears choose your USB drive as the drive to boot from.

(If you are unsure how to do this read the guide linked above which shows how to create a USB drive and it shows how to boot into MX Linux)

Step 1 – Start the installer

In the top left corner there is an icon for the installer. Double click on the icon to start the installation.

Step 2 – Terms of use

The MX Linux installation wizard should begin and you should see the terms and conditions of use.

Click “Next”

Step 3 – Choose where to install MX Linux

The first real step is to choose where to install MX Linux.

The most straight forward choice is to allow MX Linux to use the entire disk.

  1. Simply choose the disk where MX Linux is to be installed
  2. Make sure the Auto-install using entire disk option is selected
  3. Click Next

At this point the partitions required to run MX Linux will be created and the operating system will be installed.

Step 4 – Select boot method

The next step is to choose where to install the boot loader.

You should choose the ESP option and click next.

Do not choose any other option and do not uncheck the “Install GRUB for MX Linux and Windows” checkbox. 

Step 5 – Give Your Computer A Name

Enter a name for your computer and enter a name for the workgroup. You can leave this as the default if you so wish.

The workgroup and computer name define how your computer will appear to other computers on the network especially those running Windows.

You should keep the “Samba server for MS Networking” option checked.

Click “Next”.

Step 6 – keyboard, clock and timezone settings

This step sets up your keyboard so that the correct characters appear. It also lets you choose your default clock format and the timezone.

To set up your keyboard click on the keyboard dropdown and choose the language for your keyboard. Then click on the locale option and choose the relevant keyboard layout. The correct options are generally already selected but if you suspect they are incorrect change them.

To set up your clock choose the format you prefer (i.e 24 hour or 12 hour time). Now choose your timezone by choosing the location from the dropdown list.

Click “Next”

Step 7 – Choose services

You will now be on a screen where you can choose which services are started automatically when your computer begins.

I recommend leaving this list alone and simply clicking “Next” to keep the default options selected.

You can however if you so choose scroll through the list and if you thing you need something that isn’t checked then place a check in the box and similarly uncheck the things you think you don’t need.

Step 8 – Create a user account

This is the last real step.

Choose a username and password (and repeat the password).

Enter a root password and confirm the root password.

To make sure you have selected the passwords you think you did you can check the “show passwords” checkbox. (only do this if there are no prying eyes).

You can also choose to encrypt your home folder.

I do not recommend using the auto login option. You should always ask for a password.

Click “Next” to continue.

Step 9 – You are done

MX Linux will now be installed on your computer.

Restart the computer, remove the USB drive and your computer should automatically boot into MX Linux.