It seems like these distros needed their own thread, since a few of us here use them as well as AL.
Continued discussion from another thread…
19 has a Base ISO that is a community “respin” here:
The dev of AVL/MXE - the multimedia respin of MX that was once the old AV Linux distro but now based on MX - is going to base his 21 version on a MX base ISO (with possibly a more “pure” Openbox ala BL), and I am using MX mostly in anticipation of that update. I too have used @manyroads BL version of both MX and AntiX, and also with the base ISO, and it works wonderfully. It’s kind of an unofficial respin IMO. MX/AntiX are always going to find either on one of my computers/partitions, I have used it for years now (I used an AV one based on 18 that was solid, and solid is what you need when you want to do production work, and ironically that dev who built that respin abandoned it for AV Linux lulz, and now with AV Linux on MX, the circle is complete Obi-Wan), and they are well maintained projects with an ethos behind each. It’s never crashed on me, they can run on most anything, and they are both easy to install and maintain. Plus I think they are the most secure distros out there as far as telemetry. All of which IMO are important if if one wanted an OS to be deployed for multi user projects that can scale.
I like to build from source, but then you have to deal with a lot of dependencies, and even with either having a Flatpak manager that does Flatpak’s very well, I just can’t bring myself to use them lulz. Even though I “portable apped” the hell out of Windows, but that’s because a whole workflow was in a folder that I could nuke.