MX-19.1 now available!

February 15, 2020

Updated iso images

–direct download:

Mirrors will populate over time. Other download locations:

Torrents here:

We are pleased to offer MX-19.1. for your use.

MX-19.1 is a refresh of our MX-19 release, consisting of bugfixes and application updates since our original release of MX-19. If you are already running MX-19, there is no need to reinstall. Packages are all available thru the regular update channel.

Migration notes are here:

Due to the increasing presence of users with newer hardware (particularly newer AMD or Intel hardware), with this release, in addition to the standard 32 bit and 64 bit isos with 4.19 LTS kernels, we are producing a third iso that we call “Advanced Hardware Support” or AHS (pronounced Oz) for short. AHS is 64 bit and ships with a debian 5.4 kernel, Mesa 19.2 as well as newer xserver drivers and various recompiled apps that will utilize the newer graphics stack. We debuted the AHS repository sometime ago (blog post here), and we thought the time was right for an iso with the AHS repo enabled by default. AHS is a little untested, but the idea is that it will receive updates to the graphics stack over time, so for those that don’t need the newer open source graphics stack, there is little point is using AHS.

This release also marks the first isos built without the antiX repository enabled. See this blog post for more information:

As usual, this release includes the latest updates from debian 10.3 (buster) and MX repos.

Xfce 4.14

GIMP 2.10.12
MESA 18.3.6 (19.2.1 ahs)
updated firmware
Latest debian 4.19 kernel (5.4 ahs)

Browser: Firefox 73
Video Player: VLC 3.0.8
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 68.4.0
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes) (6.4 available in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps)

and more in the MX repositories.

–New and updated mx-apps

mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) – uses /home/demo for a basic user settings if /home/demo exists in the linuxfs tarball (remasters, personal snapshots…)
mx-packageinstaller now has a –install-recommends option to installing “recommended” packages as well as regular dependencies.
mx-tweak – allows to set user or root password for gui authentication prompts (pkexec). also a new Display tab to allow users to access Xfce 4.14’s hidden xrandr scaling options.
brightness-systray – control hardware backlight or software brightness (xrandr) via notification area icon.
mx-pkexec – bash completion support, as well as better passthru from legacy gksu calls.
thick border window manager theme options

MX-Fluxbox – alternate window manager and supporting packages are now included on the isos. Use the session chooser on the lightdm login screen to try it! (See this blog post for more info:

updated Manual

many mx-apps received translation updates (we love translators)

Thank you to all the contributors, supporters, and enthusiasts. MX-19 is for you.

Known issues with MX 19.1 final:

Some users with intel video chipsets may need to use “i915.invert_brightness=1” boot code as some machines apparently have brightness values backwards in the driver. There are also new options in the various live boot menus for this.

Any specific bugs can go to our Bug Manager at

If posting hardware issues, please post the output of “quick-system-info” from the menu (now in the default favorites!) or terminal, 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 installer issues, please include the contents of /var/log/minstall.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)

33 thoughts on “MX-19.1 now available!”

  1. Well, you also should fix the problems with the panel.
    Sometimes, the behavior & appearance of the panel is a bit buggy, it seems.

  2. I am just wondering, well hoping, that a minimal plasma-desktop is in the repo, instead of the KDE desktop. I don’t want KDE, I just want Plasma. I tried it a few times but failed, yet I get plain Plasma in Debian, so I dunno what the deal is there.

    Outside of that, MX is a stellar release. I am just not much of a fan of XFCE, although I can just use another WM with it.

    • That app is not in Debian 10 repos and the issue has never been raised on the Forum — so how would we know? Ask on the Forum, giving details.

  3. Hi, I am a new user of MX Linux.I fall in love with MX within very short days. Because it is very stable, based on Debian and without SystemdBut I have another love named Genome 3.3. Please release MX with Gnome…..

    • You can quickly make your own MX iso with KDE by using their snapshot tool.

      Or if I remember well, there should be a community made KDE spin too that you can find in the forums.

  4. Advanced Hardware Support a few months ago and now the isos that comes with them preinstalled, MX is amazingly getting better and better.

    While getting better is good, please don’t forget not to go overboard after a while. We’ve all seen something getting shittier and shittier when it started to go mainstream or hit a large userbase (e.g: Ubuntu starting from 10.04, Android starting from 5.0, etc).

    On the other hand, does a fully-free software iso planned in the future ? I do think I might not be the only one to go after that.

    • almost always this is because the VPN provider has only supplied systemd service files and their install routines require systemd to be present and running.

      you should try installing that service while booted with the systemd option in the “advanced options” grub submenu.

      your other option, which is available with many of the larger vpn services, is to use an alternate install method that configures openvpn. Many many many of these vpn config apps are front ends for openvpn configurations.

  5. J’ai eu quelques petits soucis avec cette version 19 mais tout est rentré dans l’ordre.
    Juste que chez moi, c’est très lent au démarrage et à l’extinction avec SysV-init, alors que ça ne l’était pas avec MX 18.
    J’ai donc choisi SystemD et tout démarre et s’éteint bien plus vite.
    Je ne sais pas pourquoi, je n’ai pas les connaissances mais c’est ainsi.

  6. hi there – great news. This is really awesome.

    btw: how to check which version i currently run on my notebook!? which command do i run to check the current MX-Version on my notebook!?

    love to hear from you — regards

  7. Thanks MX team for the fine OS. Installation on a USB hard drive was completed ok. Did have some snags, but not sure where to post them. I am really impressed at how easy it is to use, considering I am coming off of Windows 7. Current set up HP-6000, 4GB Ram, on board graphics. MX installed on 500GB hard drive attached via USB. Booted off of your Live burned onto a DVD. From there installed MX 19.1 on USB hard drive. I was amazed at how it easily found all my hardware, Including 2 printers, 1 usb connected and 1 network connected. It also was able to interface with my WiFi router via Netgear dongle on usb. More complete info available if needed.
    Thanks again, Rparkman

  8. hi

    I’ve tried and then installed Mx 19-1 “OZ” on a dell G5 5590 dual graphics (intel i5 8300H, graphics intel 630/ i915 & GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile) as the main OS, actually the only one by now

    This is the best debian distro i’ve tried recently. Think i’m going to adopt it, once i’ve understood how to get rid of the very disturbing redundancies of the menus (xfce4…) and maybe with a plasma/kde desktop if available and stable.

    Thank you for your huge work. I’ll be following you, take care !


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