MX-18 Release Candidate 1 available for testing

MX-18 Release Candidate 1

December 17, 2018

Updated iso images 

–direct download:

We are pleased to offer MX-18 Release Candidate 1 for testing.

Updated packages

The latest updates from debian 9.6 (stretch), antiX and MX repos.

GIMP 2.10 (with plugins)
MESA 18.2.6
updated firmware
4.19.5 kernel (with blk-mq file system corruption patch)
Updated packages (sample)
Browser: Firefox 64.0
Video Player: VLC 3.0.3
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 52.9.1
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.0.1
Some Xfce components updated (Xfce-settings, Thunar, etc…)

–New and updated mx-apps

selectable themes for installed system grub boot menu and plymouth boot-splash via mx-boot-options
system-keyboard and system-locale options allow easy access to configuration of system default keyboard and locales management
updates to MX Package Installer, including faster performance, flatpaks, and Popular Apps entries.
mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) now includes LUKS encrypted root, home, and swap partition options.
mx-codecs updated to install updated S3 texture packs (important for Valve/Steam games in particular)
many additional package and ISO repository mirrors via mx-repo-manager
(most mx-apps have already updated thru the standard update channel)

Improved localization
almost all mx-apps received translation updates (we love translators!)

light-locker used for screen locking (xscreensaver is available in mx-packageinstaller)
new conky configs (conky-manager for selections and location, mx-conky for color modification)
new ability to use grub themes via mx-boot-options, with set of choices available
lightdm-gtk-greeter (the login screen) now has locale selection options 
Thunar custom actions updates:
    use default text editor for “Edit as Root” rather than a hard-coded editor
    add sha hash verification option
    removed “Change Owner to…” actions

Known issue: conky display may be corrupted on live media boots, especially in Virtual Box or slower hardware.  use the conky-toggle in the favorites menu to stop and restart the conky.

Please report bugs to the new bugzilla bugracker Bug Manager or general comments here:  MX-18 RC1 Feedback

If posting hardware issues, please post the output of the terminal command “inxi -Fxrz” or use our “Quick-system-info” from the menu, at a minimum.

If posting nvidia-installer issues, please post the contents of /var/log/ddm.log.

If posting remaster issues, please include the contents of /var/log/live/live-remaster.log

If posting issues with MX-PackageInstaller “Popular Apps”, please post contents of /var/log/mxpi.log or /var/log/mxpi.log.old (whichever contains the log of your issue). 

Thank you!

Dolphin Oracle (on behalf of the MX Dev Team)