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Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

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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 10 Tools to Make a Bootable USB From an ISO File 10 Tools to Make a Bootable USB From an ISO File Installing an operating system from a USB drive is quick and portable. We test a fewISO to USB tools to find the best one for you. Read More . 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. On our machine, it took less than 30 seconds. This is roughly a quarter of the time it took for the previous Windows 7 installation that was running on this same machine.

Take advantage of the initial Welcome window that pops up upon initial boot. It includes a Users Manual that will walk you through how to run Windows applications inside a wrapper or any compatibility layer like Wine .


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

If you click Tools on the Welcome menu, you’ll see a window that looks not unlike the Windows Control Panel.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

The first thing I did was install Wine so that I could run any Windows apps that I needed. This also confirmed to me that the internet connection worked.

The Windows Experience on MX Linux

When the OS first boots, things may not look quite right. Don’t worry, with just a few tweaks things will be looking very familiar.

Setting Up the Desktop

Just like in Windows, you can change the desktop background settings by right clicking on the desktop.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

If you’re accustomed to Windows, a lot of this will look familiar. Of course, much will also look unusual. (The extras are features you don’t normally have available in Windows.)

For now, click Desktop Settings .


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

Just like in Windows, you can adjust the appearance of your desktop and menu system using these settings. Pretty straightforward.

Setting Up the Taskbar

By default, the taskbar (known here as the “Panel”) is set along the left, vertical side of the screen.

You can quickly change this by right clicking on the taskbar and selecting Panel > Panel Preferences .


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

Here, you can change whether the taskbar is vertical or horizontal by changing the Mode selection.

If you want to change the location of the taskbar, make sure to deselect Lock panel .


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

Once it’s unlocked, you can grab and move the taskbar to the edge of the screen you prefer. I’m a bit old school when it comes to the Windows taskbar so I moved it back to the bottom.

The arrangement of taskbar items by default is also the reverse of Windows, with the “Start” menu on the right and the time on the left. You can change this by right clicking each icon and selecting Move.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

Then just drag it to the location where you want the taskbar to go.

Using Your Brand New Linux OS

Once you’re all set up and things are looking about as close to a Windows desktop as you can get, it’s time to start exploring.

When you click on the Start menu you’ll notice that it looks a bit like an advanced version of how the Windows 7 start menu used to look.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

Applications are easy to find, grouped into important categories like Favorites, Recently Used, Look out, too, for the Settings or System options, as you’ll need these for configuring things.

When you click on Settings and scroll, you’ll see options for your network cards, Bluetooth connections, new hard disks, or any other hardware you’d like to set up or configure.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

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What’s also wonderful about using MX Linux as a Windows user, is that there’s almost no learning curve.

If you’ve ever tried different Linux distros over the years, then you know that often the window controls are slightly different. That’s really irritating when you’ve adapted for years to the way Microsoft sets up windows controls.


Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

MX Linux’s designers have made the effort to mimic the window controls familiar from Windows. Better still, the native File Manager itself is configured to look almost exactly like you’re used to seeing in Windows.

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