Due to its convenience, both pre-installed needed applications and midweight, MX Linux recently gained so much popularity. It’s a combination of new and old content, I mean its creators took a couple of the best stuff from AntiX and some from MEPIS, Debian-based Linux, to have a better Linux OS product that beginner users can easily use. It is also incorrect to say that MX Linux is instead a fork of a single existing project, a fusion of two entities. The foundation of MX Linux is based on the antiX framework and other MEPIS project work or ideas are. in this post, learn how to install MX Linux on VirtualBox in Windows 10.
A perfect way to give the operating system a test run or to install any Linux program you don’t want to run on your main system is to install MX Linux within a VirtualBox virtual machine.
MX Linux is a joint venture between the antiX and former MEPIS groups, leveraging every distro’s best resources and talent. It is a midweight OS designed to combine a simple setup, high reliability, good performance, and a medium-sized footprint with a sleek and efficient desktop.
MX Linux depends on Linux and the open-source community’s outstanding upstream work, installing Xfce4 on top of a Debian Stable base as a desktop environment. We borrow from the central antiX framework and provide work and concepts used for his MEPIS project by Warren Woodford. Continuous backports and additional additions to our repos help bring components up to date with innovations.
Recommended MX Linux System requirements
- A modern i686 Intel or AMD processor
- 2 GB of RAM memory or more
- At least 20 GB free hard drive space
- A 3D-capable video card for 3D desktop support
- SoundBlaster, AC97, or HDA-compatible sound card
- For use as a LiveUSB, 8 GB free if using persistence.
Step 1. Download Latest MX Linux ISO for VirtualBox
To install MX Linux on VirtualBox, the first thing we need is its bootable ISO image. While writing this article, the latest version of this operating system was MX Linux 19.3, thus we are downloading the same. It is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats, thus here is the official link to get your system compatible images. However, our system is 64 bit, thus we are downloading the same.
Step 2. Download & Install VirtualBox
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Step 3. Create a New Virtual Machine to Install MX Linux
Once you have downloaded and installed both the MX Linux ISO and VirtualBox, open-up the virtual machine and click on the “New” option.
Type a name for your virtual machine with its location. Based on the name you entered, VirtualBox will try to predict the “Type” and “Version“. Otherwise, from the drop-down menu, select “Linux” as the type and “Debian (64-bit)” as the version and click on the “Next” button.
On the following screen, choose how much RAM (the amount of memory) you want to allocate to your VM, and then click Next.
Select the “Create a virtual hard disk now” option and click on the “Create” button to continue.
Select the “VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)” option and click “Next“.
On the next screen, if you want a faster setup, select Dynamically allocated. If you want faster performance (which we recommend), select Fixed size, and then click Next. If you don’t know which one to choose from then leave it as it is.
Select the amount of space for your virtual machine and click the “Create” button.
Step 4. Installing MX Linux via VirtualBox
Now, your virtual machine has been successfully created and it is time to install MX Linux on it.
Go back to VirtualBox, and then click Start.
A new window opens so you can do this manually. Click the folder with the green up arrow.
Click the Add button and locate the MX Linux ISO file and then click Open.
Make sure that MX Linux ISO is selected and click Choose.
Now, you are ready to install MX Linux via VirtualBox on your Windows 10 PC, click Start.
Once you get the Live screen of the OS, click on the Installer icon on its desktop.
The installer will automatically set the keyboard layout, just click on the Next button for further process.
As we are on a virtual machine, thus no need to perform any manual partitioning, let the system handle it. What you have to do, is click on the Next button and select Yes the formatting of the Virtual drive.
Wait for some time, while copying system files to Virtual Drive click on the Next button to setup further things.
Give some name to your computer to easily identify it on the network. Leave the rest of the things as it is. Click Next.
Set time as per your location.
Set Default username, password, and root password for your MX Linux. Click Next.
Finally, click on the Finish button.
You have to manually unload the ISO file that you loaded at the initial steps.
Provide username and password.
Now, your MX Linux is ready to use.
That’s it. This is how you can install MX Linux 20.2.1 on Windows 10 via VirtualBox virtual machine. Meanwhile, the process is very easy and it might seem a bit tricky while following the above-mentioned steps but that’s not the case. If you faced any kind of problem feel free to contact us in the comment section below.