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

MakeUseOf | 10/12/2018 | Ryan Dube
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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.

Look - MX - Linux - Perspective - Windows

Let’s take a closer look at MX Linux from the perspective of a longtime Windows user.

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.

Test - Installation - Dell - Optiplex - GX620

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.

Tools - USB - ISO - File

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Installation - Options - Testing

The installation options chosen for our testing included:

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 - Welcome - Window - Boot

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.

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

Thing - Wine

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