MX Linux 21 XFCE Set Up & Customization [step by step]

In this video, I’ll walk you through how to configure MX Linux 21 XFCE so that it is runs effortlessly and secure. This comprehensive guide is beginner friendly and also covers most of what you’ll need to know to be able to effectively secure and easily manage and maintain your MX Linux system.


00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:00 Edit the Terminal preferences
00:01:51 Run the updates
00:04:44 Intro to MX Tools
00:05:54 Install the NVidia driver
00:12:00 Edit the NVIDIA X Server settings
00:18:34 Run applications using the NVidia GPU (in a hybrid system)
00:21:02 Install extra media codecs
00:22:18 Edit/change the Conky

00:26:25 Edit the panel
00:29:01 Change the theme
00:31:01 Using the Compositor to eliminate screen-tearing
00:32:29 Scaling your monitor displays
00:33:48 Turn off single-click
00:34:06 Edit password preferences

00:35:07 Open the Settings Manager
00:35:35 Turn off the Clipboard manager
00:36:44 Change desktop wallpapers
00:37:53 Show/hide desktop icons
00:39:03 Edit notification settings
00:39:53 Create window tiling keyboard shortcuts
00:43:20 Turn off window wrapping across workspaces
00:44:37 Create DNS network connections
00:53:55 The bluetooth manager
00:54:20 Create keyboard shortcuts to launch apps
00:56:32 Edit the mouse, touchpad & cursor settings
00:57:39 Edit the Power Manager
01:01:06 The Printer settings
01:01:41 Enable the Firewall
01:03:47 Add adblock entries into /etc/hosts file

01:04:51 Edit the Thunar file browser settings
01:07:28 Create system folders for AppImages, icons & wallpapers
01:09:58 Transfer system folder permissions from root to user
01:14:20 Download/install AppImageLauncher
01:18:10 Edit boot options to boot into systemD
01:21:30 Configure AppImageLauncher
01:22:23 AppImageLauncher demo
01:25:41 Install Firejail, Firejail Profiles & FireTools
01:27:28 How to sandbox apps using Firejail
01:30:41 How to sandbox AppImages using Firejail
01:32:01 Install Redshift for night-time computer use
01:35:09 Install Geoclue to give Redshift location info
01:36:38 Install Gnome Disk Utility for auto-mounting extra hard-drives

01:41:45 Quick clean up
01:43:11 Clean system with MX Cleaner
01:43:46 Install Stacer
01:44:57 Using Stacer to clean system
01:46:06 Create a snapshot using MX Snapshot
01:50:16 Setup Timeshift
01:51:54 Create a system snapshot using Timeshift
01:53:01 Set up Timeshift auto-snaps
01:55:29 Outro

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13 thoughts on “MX Linux 21 XFCE Set Up & Customization [step by step]

  1. MX Linux, given its stability and all those extra tools, is easily the most awesome Debian-based OS I have used since I came to Linux 12 years ago. So it's always great to see upbeat tutorials drawing attention to its many good points. But yours isn't just upbeat – as far as introductions to Linux systems go, it is probably the most user-friendly, persuasive presentation I've ever come across. Absolutely brilliant stuff, and for newbies the go-to thing if they want to gather info before they decide on what OS to install. I was alerted to it in the MX Linux Forum, and when I read it was nearly 2 hours long, I thought WTF – but I watched all of it without a single break. You are a fine communicator and deserve tons of credit for what obviously is a work of love.

    Oh, and your four-legged room mate is the icing on the cake 🙂

  2. Might I respectfully suggest that you update whilst running live, before installing. That way, you get the benefit of any potential improvements to the installer, which is under continuous development.
    A great feature of MX Linux is that any updates done live will carry over to the installation, so you don't need to update as soon as you install.

  3. Thank you. This was a lot of work. No an incredible amount of work. Extremely well done. I watched the whole thing. One of the best tutorials I have seen in years. Very well paced and organized. I have been looking for info on MX when this popped up in my feed. Not my normal fare – as i have been using linux for almost 20 years. I had one of my nephews (who I just gave and old thinpak t440) watch this . It did a much better job of explaining and showing than I could even in person. I am really impressed. I am posting this in the MX subreddit. I hope that gives it some traction that it deserves.

  4. I'm subscribed to 224 channels and you are the only one who I would sit and watch for near 2 hours. Brilliant stuff! ♥

    Only one note: as far as I know dark theme can significantly improve battery life on OLED screen but on LCD screen it's actually slightly worse 'cuz the liquid crystals only block light when voltage is applied 🙂

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