We get a lot of questions about “when is MX-20” coming out? Short answer…it already is, sort of.
In the past, we have always bumped the MX major version at the end of the year, usually changing the default kernel and making some theme changes. With the MX 19 series, we made a few changes in the way we operate and provide MX Linux.
The first major change was using the LTS kernel on our standard release isos. And as of our 19.2 release, those kernels now auto-update along with the usual debian updates. Prior to MX 19, we used a backported debian testing kernel, which was usually several versions ahead of debian stable. Since they were not LTS kernels, updates usually meant bumping kernel versions and were not automatic, and that was justification for bumping our major release version, even though the even numbered MX releases were still based on the same debian release (17/18 are both debian 9/stretch for instance).
The second major change was the introduction of the “Advanced Hardware Support” repository and later the AHS-based release isos. Most of the things we would put into a “MX-20” are already built in to the AHS releases, newer default kernels, new firmware, mesa, and xorg drivers being the major examples. This lets us support newer hardware without unintended breakage on existing systems, which was a source of problems in the past. Basically AHS keeps moving and the standard/stable release isos stay stable.
The third major change was the introduction of the alternate officially supported desktops. Fluxbox was added to the usual flagship MX Xfce isos as an alternate select-able at login, and KDE/plasma was introduced as an “AHS” based official release iso.
So all of this is a long way of saying there won’t be a release named “MX-20” because we are going to keep using “MX-19.X” until we launch MX-21 based on debian bullseye when it goes stable next year. But don’t worry, we keep updating pretty much constantly, so you aren’t missing anything except some text that says “20”.