Distrowatch is a website that I watch regularly.There are opinions of different experts or articles Linux magazines based on their way testing. During last years I have tested almost all of major Linux distros. Almost all. Two weeks ago I re-tested latest Mint, but also distros based on Slackware or distros based on Gentoo. Re-testing means, re- installing them on my laptop to see and distinguish what are improvements from the last time that I installed them. I also have re-tested some nice Usb distros developed by creator of Exton Linux.I do not want to go in detail now, but sometimes I do not share the same opinion with some articles that experts wrote about different linux distros on Distrowatch. I am not expert , but I have gain enough experience to understand how a distro works,what are glitches that makes a user happy or not and how fast the distro performs on everyday work.For example: The latest Mint, is more heavy than MX Linux and lacks as Ubuntu, during packages updating (package center). Gentoo Usb created by Exton's creator, makes the same trouble as the predecessor one (destroys your mounted or unmonted partitions), also was not able to start by Kernel Panic on old Laptop.He's KDE Slackware USB Linux , was not able to change wireless profile.The latest Red Core was impossible to start by a Kernel Panic on old Laptop.The Calculate Linux was impossible to install on a partition less than( if I remember well 25 gb).AbsoluteLinux was not able to start in old laptop as per Kernel Panic. And so on.I found the latest XFCE Manjaro, much better than the latest that I tried some times ago. No plethora of updates each day. Maybe it's creators,have decided to have not huge everyday updates, or less frequently , not the same as his originator Arch Linux.But Manjaro lacks to offer many useful packages, that you should install as AUR from Arch repos. Manjaro offers a very fast install only for packages on their repos. I remember that 2 years ago, Arch encountered a problem during grub installation. All distros based on Arch had reflected the same issue until the Arch resolved this problem. The same problem was on Debian Calamares during this period.Need to be said that when a original Linux suffers by a problem, all the derived distros suffers also. The latest problem still not resolved on ARCH ( free type fonts) caused stopping some softwares to run.So...?
My approach to MX Linux has been not slight and easy. I have installed and reinstalled several times. Last week I re- tested Antix, but MX Linux is more polished. Antix offers some very interesting and pioneer capabilities. I can say that both distros use memory respectively of what they offer. Antix is lighter because is using Openbox or Flubox and ROX. Do not lay yourself than LXDE, LXQT or OpenBox are much faster than XFCE. Maybe in the first install you can see that light Desktops produce or present themselves lighter on resources and memory.That comes also because the packages chosen by creators of this distros are light on resources. The problems comes up when you want to use really applications(that are much heavy and offers much more features). You will see that light system that was on the beginning of install is not light anymore. Some of them suffers more to load and run a ''heavy'' software than XFCE. Anyway.... I use MX Linux, Sparky Linux and ARCH on my laptops. I have also decided to keep also the latest Manjaro instead of Mint. Based on my experience I have found MX Linux one of the fastest and leanest Debian based Distros also the MX Community is very friendly,collaborative and productive. Also Sparky Linux is a very good chose.Very good.It is pity that that Sparky has a small team/contributors behind or maybe just only one person. Seems similar/organization as PCLinuxOS , but Sparky is a beast comparing PCLinuxOS. I suffered/encountered problems using PCLinuxOS some times ago, also did not found it as propagandized. On my Linux experience I am trying to combine tools, repos and the best of both distros (MX Linux and Sparky). Lately, the creator of Sparky Linux has decided to continue only Sparky based on LXDE (stable) and LXQT (rolling). Another very good experience and distro is Gecko Linux based on SUSE. But also is pity that is only a person and small community behind Gecko.
So... as I said.I share not the same option with some articles published on Distrowatch (about distro testing), also with Distrowatch Linux's classifications. The Distrowatch is maybe one of the more respected websites about Linux and Unix, or the first website that folks reach/search on Internet to get opinions of what Linux or Unix distro to use as Windows or Mac alternative.... but this does not mean that Distrowatch's opinion and classification is a bible.
So, MX Linux fellows: do not attend to keep so much in your mind Distrowatch's opinions as Direction and Guide.After years on distro testing, it is very easy to understand. Simply to say...everything derived from Originators. Almost every thing that you see around, derived from Debian. There are also many derived by Slackware, so many especially on the last years from Arch, from Gentoo, SUSE and Fedora (Red Hat). One that really want to taste purified Linux ...should stay as closer to Originators.
The latest words to MX creators and other folks. Stay tuned strongly with MX based on XFCE. XFCE is a really very good and balanced desktop.I have tried a lot desktops , but still I come back to XFCE. It would be much more productive to develop only on desktop instead of many of them. Would be losing of time to spend energy in vain instead of focusing on increasing of MX Linux performance. Every one can install a different desktop based on his preferences, feelings, experience and can use it. MX Linux, really works good. Very good. MX fellows:Keep going on this way and continue to consolidate your efforts to make MX leaner, robust , lighter. MX Linux is on the right way to his perfection. There are not so many other distros better or much better than MX Linux around/within plethora of Linux distros on the World.
Thanks to all MX Team for their work, efforts,support, help and responsibility also for packages that they build, update and maintain based on request.
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