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Goodbye Linuxtracker (and hello new torrent links)

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For years we have hosted our torrent files, as many do, at linuxtracker.  However, after several complaints from users and news about increasingly dubious advert and popup tactics, we've decided to end that policy.

Our new torrents are currently hosted at  Links are below, and the release announcements for MX18.1 in the forum and in our blog have been updated.   The links at will be updated soon.

The Big Update is Here

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The big update for MX 17 is now in the repos.

nvidia-driver users may have an extra hiccup.   If you find certain applications not starting, like MX-PackageInstaller or Steam, then its likely your nvidia-driver was removed, either during an "autoremove" action or possiblly during the regular update if you have configured the updater to run autoremove automaticaly.

However, running 'Nvidia Driver Installer" from the menu and reinstalling the driver appears to work to restore functions.




Updates coming soon to MX 17

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There will be some major updates coming soon to MX 17 users.  These include:


  • Updated firmware
  • Updated Xorg video drivers
  • Updated Mesa
  • Updated nvidia drivers

The last item, nvidia drivers, if you have them installed, may cause a apt removal message similar to below.


Flatpak applications now available through MX Package Installer

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MX Package Installer now features flatpak management through the new "flatpaks" tab.


The new "flatpaks" tab comes preconfigured to use the third-party "flathub" remote repository. Other remote repositories can be added via the Advanced options if the user wishes. Support for adding flatpaks via flatpakref files is also available through the Advanced options.

New MX Tool: MX Boot Options

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MX Boot Options is a new application being added to the MX Tools that allows for easy selection of some common items related to the grub boot menu.  The items include:

1.  Setting a grub menu timeout (the default is 5 seconds on installed systems)

2.  Changing the default grub menu entry to boot.

3.  Changing the grub menu background.

4.  Enabling selection of boot splash on installed systems.  MXBO will install plymouth if necessary.

5.  Selection of boot message display verbosity.


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