Brian Masinick

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MX Linux is definitely a very good choice, and recent versions now offer a choice of 3 different environments: the default distribution comes with a nicely configured Xfce desktop; it's a good overall choice. Those who miss the old MEPIS that preceded MX Linux might appreciate their next offering, MX Linux KDE. Finally, MX Linux added a setup with Fluxbox. Note that you can, on your own, add other window managers and create your own variation as well.

I also happen to like a "relative" of MX Linux that came out not long after MEPIS was introduced. It's called antiX and it rivals Puppy Linux and practically anything else for running effectively on older hardware. There are people actually using systems that are 15-20 years old and having success, as long as their hardware continues to work. I am using MX Linux now, but I will be booting one of my two installed instances of antiX momentarily. I have MANY USB versions and even older ones from CD that I still have and occasionally use. I've been successful getting more than one old piece of someone else's "cast off" to work quite well with either MX Linux or antiX!

I have enjoyed reading the articles about various lesser known editors, both console-based and graphical user interface.

I know of a few more editors that I have not seen mentioned, but may have missed. The levee editor is has one of the smallest binary images I've ever seen, even smaller than ed if I remember correctly, yet it's very similar in function to vi - but lacks much help; you have to be an experienced editor user to use it, but it's small and fast, even more so than e3, jed and ed if you can believe it!