Swift Linux


Parent Distros

Swift Linux is based on MX Linux, MX Linux is based on antiX Linux, and antiX Linux is based on the stable branch of Debian Linux.

Source Code

The source code is on GitHub.

What does Swift Linux add to MX Linux?

Swift Linux is just MX Linux with cosmetic changes. MX Linux is so great that it’s not worth messing with.

Why isn’t Swift Linux based directly on Debian?

  • This would require me to create a Swift Linux repository with packages transforming the base Debian setup into Swift Linux. These packages would provide the user interface, driver support, software libraries, and numerous other details needed to create a polished and user-friendly distro. I don’t have the knowledge and capability needed to do all this. More established teams like those of Linux Mint and antiX/MX Linux have been doing an excellent job of this on their own for years.
  • MX Linux and the full version of antiX Linux now include preinstalled LibreOffice, and so do nearly all other general purpose Linux distros.
  • Keeping the ISO file small enough to fit onto a CD was once a worthy goal but is no longer relevant, because even 10-year-old computers can handle DVDs, use of optical media is on the decline, and booting up from USB drives (which are faster and have plenty of capacity for any Linux distro) is much more common.
  • Being ultra-lightweight is less relevant for most Linux distros today than was the case in the past. Even used computers have become faster, and the slow process of loading certain web sites has a greater impact than the differences among the MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and Rox Pinboard desktop environments.

Why is Swift Linux based on MX Linux instead of another distro?

  • Puppy Linux is very lightweight and user-friendly but has a small software repository.
  • Swift Linux is targeted to 10-year-old computers. Ubuntu-based Linux Mint is too slow and heavy for such machines.
  • Linux Mint Debian Edition is substantially lighter and faster than the traditional Ubuntu-based editions but doesn’t get as much support. (To be fair, the Ubuntu-based editions have always been Linux Mint’s bread and butter. Additionally, the Linux Mint team is also in charge of the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments that replaced its immensely popular GNOME 2 desktop environment when the GNOME project made controversial changes for GNOME 3.)
  • MX Linux is fully compatible with the large Debian software repository, has the stability and low maintenance of Debian’s stable branch, is lightweight enough to work well on 10-year-old computers, and is well-supported by the MX/antiX Linux team.
  • While MX Linux isn’t as lightweight as antiX Linux, it’s not that much heavier, and it has a more polished look and feel.