While the world’s busy trying out Windows 11, GNU/Linux users are busy distro-hopping. Developers, on the other hand, are busy with new distro releases. MX Linux, which stands first in Distrowatch’s distributions leaderboard, has a new beta release available for testing purposes.
The Developers are calling it MX Linux 21 Beta 1. If you’re wondering what happened to MX Linux 20, the developers follow a year-based version number for major releases. In this article, let’s look at what’s new in the release.
MX Linux 21 Beta 1: What’s New?
- The distro ships new and updated applications.
- There’s a new installer partition selection area with LVM support. For those who don’t know, LVM is used to create larger single logical volumes by combining multiple physical volumes.
- MX Linux 21 Beta 1 ships with a new Xfce version 4.16.
- Users will be asked for user pasword for admin tasks by default. You can, however change this in Other tab in mx-tweak.
- The build also includes a lot of tiny configuration changes, especially on the panel with new default panel plugins.
- One of the major additions is the new UEFI live boot menus using which you can now select your boot options.
However, as this is a beta build, there are some known issues.
- The wallpaper looks a little busy and Conky gets a little washed out.
- 32-bit ISO, when tried to run on VirtualBox, throws an error. VirtualBox guest additions are not preinstalled on the same.
Apart from the Xfce variant, KDE/Plasma and Fluxbox releases are also planned.
Have you ever used MX Linux? How was your experience with it? Share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.