MX-19.2 KDE Beta 2 available for testing

July 17, 2020

BETA testing release

–direct download:

We are pleased to offer MX-19.2 KDE Beta 2 for testing purposes.

Bug fixes since beta 1:

  • dbus message during login is now resolved
  • kernel sandboxing enabled by default
  • network-manager should now default to “all users can connect”
  • a “test” MX Look-and-feel theme has been added, including default panel layout (actual theming subject to change in the future)
  • apt/dpkg operations that look for a DEBIAN FRONTEND should default to kde mode now instead of looking fro the gnome/gtk version (echo ‘debconf debconf/frontend select Kde’ | sudo debconf-set-selections)
  • misc. other small fixes and additions (mx-updater, mx-tweak, etc…), library files added (kmenuedit ffmpegthumbs debconf-kde-helper plasma-look-and-feel-theme-mx python3-pkg-resources python3-gi-cairo)

Known issues with beta 2:

  • Timezone, date, and time adjustments cannot be made from the KDE menus. Use MX-Date & Time instead.
  • The manual has not been updated to reflect KDE/plasma edition yet.
  • 12/24 hour selection in the installer does not yet work with KDE/plasma desktop.

MX-19.2 KDE is an Advanced Hardware Support (AHS) enabled 64-bit only version of MX featuring the KDE/plasma desktop. Applications utilizing Qt library frameworks are given a preference for inclusion on the iso.

This will be first officially supported MX/antiX family iso utilizing the KDE/plasma desktop since the halting of the predecessor MEPIS project in 2013.

MX-19.2 KDE includes the usual MX tools, antiX-live-usb-system, and snapshot technology that our users have come to expect from our standard flagship Xfce releases. Adding KDE/plasma to the existing Xfce/MX-fluxbox desktops will provide for a wider range user needs and wants.

KDE/plasma 5.14.5 (current Debian buster version)
GIMP 2.10.12
MESA 20.0.7 (AHS)
MX AHS firmware package
Debian (AHS) 5.6 kernel
Browser: Firefox 78
Video Player: VLC 3.0.11
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 68.9
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes) (6.4 available in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps) and more in the MX repositories.

The beta will receive updates over time through the repositories, but certain items, such as the live system and some user settings defaults, will not be obvious without some user intervention.

Please place any general feedback here: MX-19.2 KDE Beta 2 Feedback thread

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 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!

The MX Dev Team

31 thoughts on “MX-19.2 KDE Beta 2 available for testing”

    • I am in the same situation. I run mx on pentium 4 all the way to ryzen 5.
      I do appreciate the choices offered by KDE but xfce is the lighter choice

  1. Dear Developers.
    Thank you for your excellent work. I use MX but the XFCE is not my friend. But I am a KDE fan and this version is a gift from the GOD. 🙂 (Of course from you, guys. ) I tried out his version and it is a beta, but it works very good. I am waiting for the RC very much, because I will have an excellent distro. Fast, good, stable with my favourite DE. I’ve wait for one long time ago and I think I’ve found it.
    Thank you so much guys!
    Attila from Israel

    • Try to use a virtual machine based on KVM instead of Virtualbox. I use KVM with Virtmanager and SPICE viewer and drivers. Works great, near bare metal performance.

  2. Bonjour,
    Pourquoi une version KDE alors que la distro XFCE est magnifique.
    Améliorer plutot ce WManager qui est une merveille.
    Faite une FLUXBOX ou OPENBOX plus légère. MAIS PAS KDE !

    • Parce qu’ils ont déjà un bureau léger Fluxbox et Xfce. Cependant, pour les utilisateurs disposant des dernières spécifications matérielles, une édition de KDE est cruellement nécessaire.
      Because they already have a light weight Fluxbox and Xfce desktop. However, for users with the latest hardware specs, a KDE edition is sorely needed.

  3. I love that MX is powerful without all the bells and whistles. KDE is nice for those who love it, but please don’t give up on the more simple things, like XFCE. That’s one thing that makes MX so special.

  4. I have used SimplyMEPIS KDE, AntiX and MX in early versions.
    I moved away only because it didn’t give KDE as a default DE option.

    I’m compelled to come back to MX now. Thanks!

  5. I am not a fan of XFCE. I am a fan of KDE though. I now have a reason to install MX and will be using as my daily driver (running sweet on my Thinkpad T430s).

    KDE is just as responsive as XFCE.. it’s not the bloat it used be.

    • I quite enjoy MX 18.3 Continuum but I need a more powerful default file manager than Thunar.
      I took 19.2 for a live spin and it was great. But now taking this KDE beta 2 for a spin (I’ve been watching movies all evening on beta 2), I am frigging impressed. Wow!

      Big props to the MX team for truly delivering the goods. Yes, Xfce has its place — especially for older machines. But the quality of this KDE beta 2 has really blown me away. In fact, once it’s ready for release, I’m ditching MX Xfce & permanently jumping aboard.

      Truth be told, I was getting tired of Thunar (I looove KDE’s Dolphin though!) so I was looking for an alternative desktop Linux that was SystemD free, not rolling, Debian stable, RELIABLE & EFFICIENT. Well, that is a very difficult thing to find these days. But now that KDE is going to be a mainstay on MX Linux, I’m sticking around for the long haul. As such, I will now be able to push this onto my many clients who want something a little more visually appealing than Xfce.

      From peeking the comments in a few beta 2 YouTube videos, I’m seeing a common observation: That MX Linux KDE edition is going to keep MX Linux as the #1 distro on DistroWatch. Why?

      1. the Ubuntus have gotten bloated & not anywhere as reliable as MX. Also Linux Mint is “up & down”. One moment a good edition, followed by a less than stellar edition.
      2. The latest Xfce 4.14 using GTK3 “is” heavier than its former GTK2 edition. Fact! But KDE normally uses around 400MB of RAM at startup – and it looks better. Even MATE 1.24 is packing on a little bloat.

      3. Most users with newer (not older) faster laptops tend to want something more visually appealing than Xfce, so a reliable KDE edition from the #1 distro is going to be very disruptive in the desktop Linux scene. Truth!
      4. MX Linux is super reliable. I don’t ever worry about updates breaking things – unlike other notable distros. This is an impressive feature.

      Anywho, many thanks to the MX Team for doing what they do best. I will be sending a donation for sure.

  6. Thank you very much for all the efforts. It is more than wonderful, especially for weak devices, a great and enjoyable experience, but I face a problem sometimes in turning off the device does not accept and even restart or log out. I hope the developer to reconsider it Thank you very much and lift the hat with respect

  7. KDE has become pretty light on resources compared to gnome or other “heavy” IDE’s. Not as nimble as Xfce but the tradeoff is it is so smooooth. Really looking forward to production ready MX / KDE.
    Perhaps a good compromise is to thin KDE down if possible to lighten the load a little more? (Not sure that is even possible)

    • Agreed. A minimal tasteful efficient RELIABLE KDE spin of MX Linux ticks all the right boxes.

      Here’s what I love about KDE’s Dolphin file manager compared to Xfce’s Thunar:
      Simply right-clicking on a file or a group of files provides so MANY kool options – like Share to cloud, social media etc. Also the “New” file options allows for all the LibreOffice file types including html, etc. Niiice! It’s these little things that I miss in Thunar. But Dolphin just feels so much more robust.

      Can some1 from the MX Team give us an idea when they feel the KDE edition will be ready for production? No rush, just trying to get an idea.

      Like I said, I’m quite happy with 18.3 and so is my girlfriend on her lappie. I’m just waiting for some free time to redo my laptop with the 19.2 Xfce version. But to hell with that! I’m just going to put that on hold & wait until the KDE version is out of beta so that I don’t have to do yet another full installation. 😉

      • When its ready. More testing and feedback on the actual testing thread would help speed it up more than posting here. 😉

  8. Because I am a beginner in linux, I tried many distro and my choice was Kubuntu versus MX. I like KDE in kubuntu but I think MX is more stable and less buggy. I try now the MX with Kde. I like it. I just have a problem for sharing samba with windows. Impossible to do it. Dolphin properties don’t work. Continue your job, it’s great


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