As one of the most popular Linux distributions, MX Linux has a lot to offer. In this post, I have selected the top 20 things most users need to do after installing MX Linux in 2021.
- enable double click
- speed start
- fix broken screen
- Install Nvidia Drivers
- Install codecs
- Configure HiDPI fabric
- Set a user password for administrative tasks
- configure dashboard
- Configure task icons
- Expand Clock Source
- Configure the mustache menu
- set theme
- Install DockBarX
- configuring Conky
- configure terminal
- Install popular apps
- Install redshift
- Activate ad blocker
- Habilitar firewall
- uninstall games
1. Activate double click
This function depends on personal preferences. By default, MX Linux requires a single click to open files and folders, but I prefer double-clicking.
Open MX Tools → Tweak → Configuration Options → DisableEnable single click on desktop&Enable single click on Thunar File Manager→ Apply.
2. Speed up startup
After installing MX Linux, you will likely see astart menuat each system boot. If MX Linux is just an operating system on your computer, this behavior is redundant. Fortunately, MX Linux has an easy way to disable it.
Tools Open MX → Boot Options → Set Menu Timeout to 0 → Apply.
3. Fix broken screen
Many users have encountered screen breaks on MX Linux. Screen tearing occurs because the GPU and monitor frame rates are out of sync.
Abra MX Tools → Tweak → Composer → Define VBlankxavailable&Compositor Xfwm (Xfce)Setters→ Apply.
Please note that these are the settings that work for me. sheI do not canI work for you I encourage youexperimentwith different options until you find the right one for your system.
4. Install Nvidia Drivers
If your system uses an Nvidia graphics card, I recommend installing the Nvidia drivers for a smoother desktop experience.
Open MX Tools → Nvidia Driver Installer.
5. Install codecs
As with the Nvidia drivers, I recommend that you also install codecs.play different media formatson your Linux machine. They are not included by default for legal reasons.
Abra oder MX Tools → Codecs Installer → OK.
6. Configure HiDPI fabric
If you have a HiDPI display, you need to configure MX Linux to work well with it. MX Tools is back.
Abra MX Tools → Tweak → Display → Adjust Xrandr Scaling → Apply.
7. Set a user password for administrative tasks
When installing MX Linux, the installer prompted you for the administrator username and password. It is more convenient for an average user to have oneone-time passwordfor user and administrator tasks.
Open MX Tools → Miscellaneous → Set password for administrative tasks as user → Apply.
8. Settings Panel
By default, MX Linux has its control panel on the left. However, many of you would probably prefer to have it at the bottom of your screen. you can easilychange your positionif you want to do this.
Open MX Tools → Tweak → Panel → Adjust panel position to your liking → Apply.
I alsoincrease vertical sizeThe lower part since it is quite small by default.
Right click on the panel → panel → panel settings → set the line size to 40 - 50 pixels.
9. Set up task icons
Another dashboard customization feature I like is the abilitybundle multiple instancesthe same application on the panel. For me, this leads to better productivity when I have more apps open.
Open or MX Tools → Tweak → Panel → Options → Set Window Grouping to Always → Close → Apply.
10. Increase the clock font
The clock text can be very small depending on the position of your panel. I've increased its size to match other icons on the panel.
Right click on the panel → Properties → Font button → Set the font size to your liking → OK.
11. Set up the mustache menu
The whisker menu is the standard MX Linux menu for launching applications. It is beautifully furnished out of the box. The only exception for me is that I set categorieson the left.
Right-click the Whisker menu → Properties → Enable Position Categories next to the panel button.
12. Set theme
The default MX Linux theme may not be for everyone. Fortunately, MX Linux uses the highly configurable XFCE desktop.
MX Linux comes with a number ofpreinstalled themeswhat can you findin MX-Tools:
Open MX Tools → Tweak → Theme → Options → Choose a theme from the set of pre-installed themes → Apply.
However, you can go beyond these pre-installed themes andinstall more themesand activate themthe XFCE configuration:
Open Settings → Appearance → Choose style and icons.
look at oursArticlefor more information on customizing the XFCE desktop.
13. Install DockBarX
DockBarXdescribes himself as lightweightTaskbar/PanelReplacement for Linux. DockBarX is my favorite panel for MX Linuxmany reasons:
- Application window view
- fix application
- and many more!
Open MX Package Installer → Stable Repo tab → Browse for dockbarx → Select dockbarx packages and xfce-dockbarx-plugin → Install.
let's go nowReplace the default panel with DockBarX.
Right-click on the control panel → Control Panel → Panel Settings → Elements tab → Remove Window Launchers and Buttons → Click the "+" button → Browse Dockbarx → Add → Move it using the up and down arrows down to the desired location (it's in Workspace Manager for me). .
DockBarX is customizable, so feel free to get started.DockBarX Configuration.
noAspecttab, you can choose your preferred theme, window list style, and more.
Once you are done customizing DockBarX, don't forget to click onTo updatethat you will find next to the topic entry. If the changes are not visible,Sign offto force DockBarX to apply them.
14. Configure Conky
If you are a new Linux user, you may not be familiar with Conky. Conky is easySystem monitorswhich displays information on your desktop as widgets (conkies). It is available by default in MX Linux.
You can manage Conkies withconky-manager, understood. We have many Conkies pre-installed. After opening the conky manager, click on a conky to see what it's for, and optionally activate it!
I'm usingfull mxwhich provides detailed information about my system.
15. Configure terminal
The standard MX Linux terminal comes with avery transparent backgroundthat can be distracting I prefer less transparency.
Open the terminal → right click on the terminal window → settings → appearance → adjust the opacity to your liking.
16. Install popular apps
MX Linux comes with a number of pre-installed applications. However, some popular apps that most users use on a daily basis are not included. We can install them with MXinstallation package.
popular appsTab helps a lot in installing the most common applications. It groups apps into categories and includes the best of the best apps available:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Teams (many of us are forced to use it for work)
- and many more!
17. Instalar Redshift
Redshift is a Linux application thatprotect your eyesReduce the amount of blue light at night. A very essential app for everyone who works at night. To my surprise, MX Linux is different than many popular distributions.does not includeDefault redshift. Fortunately we can easily do that.install itOurselves.
Open MX package installer → Stable Repo tab → Find Redshift → Selectedshift-gtk → Install.
Once installed, open it from the menu and it will appear on your taskbar. make sure of yourselfAble tomiauto startOptions are checked by right-clicking on the system tray icon.
No further adjustment is required.
18. Activate the ad blocker
adblock ispreinstalled ad blockerin MX Linux, but we need to enable it. Adblock blocks ads while you browse the web, giving you a fast and clean browsing experience.
Open Adblock → OK → Select all preconfigured lists → OK.
You couldTest ad blockingthe app workswerbeblocker.com.
I would recommend using the default firewall application.improve the security of your system🇧🇷 A firewall generally protects against network intruders.
Open Firewall Configuration → Enable it.
The default settings are fine, but if you want to learn more about firewalls, check out ours.Linux firewall article.
20. Uninstall games
MX Linux comes with somebasic games🇧🇷 If you are like me anddon't throw them awayI would recommend removing them.
Open Synaptic Package Manager → Select sections → Scroll down to Games & Fun category → Click $ button to sort apps by Installed, Uninstalled → Select all games → Mark for removal → Apply.
In this post, I have shared my top 20 things to do after installing MX Linux in 2021. However, your journey does not end here. I leave it up to you to discover more amazing things that MX Linux has to offer. 🇧🇷