Configuring MX Linux after installation

MX Linux is a simple and fast distribution based on the stable releases of Debian. There are two different editions of MX Linux that differ in the working environment: XFCE and KDE Plasma. The second version appeared relatively recently and is not used so often. The screenshots of the MX Linux settings in this article were created in the XFCE environment.

In this article, we will look at how to configure MX Linux after installation. The distribution looks quite modern. And the low hardware requirements, the presence of many pre-installed applications and a well-thought-out interface make MX Linux one of the best Debian distributions.

  • Configuring MX Linux after installation
    • Step 1. System Update
    • Step 2. Desktop Background
    • Step 3. Configuring the panel
    • Step 4. Setting up the Whisker Menu
    • Step 5. Setting up the theme
    • Step 6. Installing the dock bar
    • Step 7. Configuring the terminal
    • Step 8. Switching the layout
    • Step 9. Installing Apps
    • Step 10. Installing Nvidia drivers
    • Step 11. Disabling the screen lock
  • Conclusions

Configuring MX Linux after installation

Almost every element of the system can be changed at your own discretion, creating the most convenient and beautiful working environment. But how to build a distribution kit immediately after installation? Below is a step-by-step guide.

Step 1. System Update

First of all, you need to install system updates. To do this, click on the distribution logo in the lower-left corner and select MX Updater. Enter the password for the root user that you specified during installation. A message about available updates will appear in the notification area. Click on it.

Select the checkboxAutomatically respond ” yes” to all requests during the update. Then click the buttonUpdate to start the installation. Enter the root password.

Wait until all the packages are downloaded to your computer.

Now you know how to update MX Linux.

Step 2. Desktop Background

Initially, the desktop has a dark, almost monochrome wallpaper. To use something brighter, right-click on the desktop and selectSetting up the desktop.

Select your favorite wallpaper with the left mouse button. The desktop background will change.

Here you can also set the frequency of changing the wallpaper in automatic mode and set a custom image. Just open the drop-down list next to the itemFolders and go to another folder with the wallpaper.

Step 3. Configuring the panel

By default, MX Linux uses a thin panel on the left side of the screen. However, you can change its size, transparency, and, if necessary, change its location.

Right-click in the notification area and go toPanel β€” Panel parameters. To make the task icons bigger, on the tabScreen change valueRow heights, for example, by 55-60.

On the tabItems click on the item Clock with the date Orange. In the sectionAppearance select the Font Color checkbox. Then set the appropriate font color for the clock located on the panel.

FieldLine 1 should look like this: %H:%M:%S This allows the panel to display the time in the following format: hours, minutes, and seconds. You can also change the font used here.

On the tabAppearance you can adjust the transparency of the panel. To do this, change the value in the fieldStandard. To adjust the degree of transparency when hovering, use the setting of the same name.

Step 4. Setting up the Whisker Menu

Convenient application menu (similar to the menuStart in Windows) provides a comfortable work in the system and allows you to quickly find the necessary shortcuts.

Many users note that the Whisker Menu is more convenient than the standard one. To activate it, right-click on the notification area and go toPanel β€” Add new elements.

Find it in the listWhisker menu and click on the buttonAdd.

The menu can be stretched and customized to your liking.

Now that the panel has Whisker, you can remove the classic menu. Right-click on the distribution logo and selectDelete.

Step 5. Setting up the theme

Run the programAppearance. On the tabStyle you can change the theme. For example, you can select Greybird-dark-mxto activate the dark appearance of the standard Greybird theme.

On the Icons and Fonts tabs, you can customize the style of application icons and the fonts displayed in the system.

As you can see, configuring MX Linux is quite simple.

Step 6. Installing the dock bar

Plank is a fast and beautiful dock bar that many users like. In order to install Plank, you need to open the terminal and enter the commands one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install plank

Wait for the installation to finish. Then, to activate the dock bar, go toAll apps and find Plank.

The dock bar looks quite nice and practically does not load the system.

The style of the dock bar and the size of the icons can also be changed at your own discretion.

Step 7. Configuring the terminal

The appearance of the terminal in MX Linux can be customized as you like. RunTerminal and in the sectionEdit go to the subsectionSettings. In the settings, on the tabView, you can change the transparency of the Terminal, set the font and set the background of the working window.

On the Colors tab, you can configure the color scheme.

Step 8. Switching the layout

Let’s look at how the MX Linux keyboard layout is configured. You could add a Russian keyboard layout and keyboard shortcuts for switching languages during the installation of MX Linux on the hard disk. However, if you haven’t, now is the time.

Go toSettings β€” The keyboard. After that, open the tabLayout and remove the check mark from the checkboxUse standard system settings. Click the buttonAdd and select Russian.

Click onChange the layout options and set a keyboard shortcut to switch languages, such as Alt+Shift.

Step 9. Installing Apps

On MX Linux, most of the apps you might need in the early days are already pre-installed. To install additional software, useSynaptic Package Manager. You can find a shortcut to launch the manager in the sectionThe system.

Enter the package name inQuick search filter, right-click on it and selectMark for installation.

Dependent packages will be offered automatically.

ClickApply and then confirm the installation again.

Step 10. Installing Nvidia drivers

If your laptop or computer uses an Nvidia graphics card, you need to install the drivers for it to work properly. This is not difficult to do. In the sectionSystem openNvidia driver installer.

Enter the password and wait for the drivers for the Nvidia video card to be installed.

Step 11. Disabling the screen lock

Most people who use a computer for entertainment purposes and do not store any particularly valuable information on it, prefer to disable the automatic screen lock. This is convenient, because you do not have to enter the unlock password every time.

Auto-locking in MX Linux can be disabled inSettings. Open XFCE Screensaver and go to the tabLock the screen. Move the sliderTurn the screen lock to the positionOff.


Now you know how to configure MX Linux after installation. As we have seen, in MX Linux, most of the settings can be found in the graphical interface of the system, only occasionally resorting to terminal commands. The ability to flexibly customize the look and feel is something that most people in Linux distributions appreciate.

However, not all system settings are easy to find for a simple user. The available descriptions for app shortcuts help a lot in orientation. However, not all comments are translated into Russian here either.


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