MX-14 “Symbiosis” Linux OS Wants to Resurrect Your Old Computer

The latest version of MX-14 can be downloaded from Softpedia

MX-14, a fast, lightweight, and easy-to-install Linux Live CD distribution based on Debian Stable and MEPIS, for Intel-AMD x86-compatible systems, is now available for download.

Formerly known as antiX, The new MX-14 operating system has been released and comes with a very interesting codename, “Symbiosis.” The designation has been carefully chosen because the new Linux distribution represents the collaboration between the antiX developers and the Mepis community.

“‘Symbiosis’ is a special version of antiX developed in full collaboration with the Mepis Community and using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a mid-weight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.”

“The base depends on the excellent upstream work by Linux, Debian, and Xfce. MX-14 also incorporates the independent and innovative development products Whisker Menu, simsu and gottet, QupZilla Browser, smxi and inxi,” note the developers on the official website.

Unlike the previous antiX versions, the new MX-14 is no longer based on Debian 8 “Jessie” and the developers have switched to the stable branch, Debian 7 “Wheezy.” On top of Debian, a number of important apps have been implemented from the debian-backports and MEPIS Community repositories.

This is a Linux distribution aimed mostly at older computers, although it will run just fine on newer ones. This is the reason why MX-14 only comes for the 32-bit platform and is based on Linux kernel 3.12 PAE 32-bit. It's an older Linux kernel, but it's supposed to be very stable.

A number of other major packages have been included. For example, the desktop environment of choice is Xfce 4.10, the Qupzilla Internet browser is used as default, the Libreoffice suite has been integrated, the VLC multimedia player and streamer is used by default, Clementine is the default music player, and Synaptic is the default package manager.

The MX-14 developers also integrate a number of their own applications, such as MX-Flash (Adobe Flash plugin manager), MX-User (a simple user manager), MX-Codecs (restricted codecs installer), MX-Apt-notifier (a tray applet to notify the user about the system and application updates), and MX-Checkaptgpg (users can check and add missing GPG keys needed by apt).

Also, the default file manager is Thunar, and the distribution uses GRUB2, the Catfish file search tool, Samba, File Roller, and LightDM.

More details about this release can be found in the official announcement. Download MX-14 right now from Softpedia.

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