....System restore from backup and reinstalling speed....
Yup, MX 17 is great. I just did a snapshot this afternoon, second time I used this feature, I love seeing top showing 1180% CPU !
And the apttik utility makes it easy to keep your installed applications.
Yes, installing from usb is very fast, for me three or four minutes. I used to burn DVDs, no more.
I never saw a big problem with a reinstall if you structure your data right. I have one disk with partitions for two OS versions, and I have a separate larger disk for data, the videos, music, pictures, documents, etc. With the data separate, changing the OS or programs is an easy task. I like a MX and an antix installation, with the antix one available to test new versions, like the next antix, maybe a different kernel when 4.15 comes out. And the new snapshot iso which goes on the data drive makes it easy.
Asus Prime 370X-Pro
AMD Ryzen 1600X (6 cores @ 3.6 GHz)
16 Gig DDR4 3200 (G Skill)
Nvidia -MSI GeForce GT 710 fanless
Samsung 960 NVMe SSD nvme0n1 P1,P2, and P3=MX-17, P4=antiX-17
1TB SSD sda1= Data, 2TB WD =backups
on-board ethernet & sound