MX-19.2 KDE now available

MX-19.2 KDE now available.

August 16, 2020

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We are pleased to offer MX-19.2 KDE for your use.

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 79
Video Player: VLC 3.0.11
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 68.11
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes) (debian-backports version available in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps)

and more in the MX repositories.

Known issues with this release:

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 live menu options for that code.

System clock settings are not adjustable via the KDE systemsettings unless the user is running systemd. Use the MX Date & Time application to adjust your system clock settings.

Updating to final from the RC is supported, and will happen thru the regular update process.

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

80 thoughts on “MX-19.2 KDE now available”

  1. Good news – but I have one question that I hope can be answered here – will the LTS kernel (5.4) be made available via the MX-PackageInstaller?


  2. Great work been using it since Beta 1 and had very few problems. Congratulations to the Dev team and all the testers. Great release.

  3. Congrats for this top-notch KDE!

    – – – – –

    @koolteeth – if, by “usual” you intend the more prominent XFCE, then you’ll have wipe it off, or install KDE version separately.

  4. Bit disappointed in this announcement, it’s very much against the whole ethos of MX being a lightweight ‘distro’ and seems to be pandering to the whims of a fussy minority who aren’t happy with XFCE for whatever reason. Maybe I’m reading more into that than I should and choice is good, one mans meat is anothers poison etc, but it seems strange to offer the most bloated and resource hungry DE on a version of Linux noted for being lightweight.

    I did like Mepis back in the day though, so maybe I’ll give it a whirl on a spare PC.

    • The reputation of KDE as “the most bloated and resource hungry DE on a version of Linux” is a great example of an urban myth, or someone who has not been following the news for the past few years. Since 2016, KDE Plasma 5 has been one of the LIGHTEST desktops available. On my Lenovo Thinkpad, MX Linux boots up using the XFCE desktop using 10 MBs MORE memory than booting with the Plasma 5 desktop with 10,000+ more features XFCE!

    • KDe is a modern office, can greedy and very pleasant.
      I belong like many of those who don’t use MX Linux because of XFCE which is far too old and can be pleasant.
      Everyone has his own taste, but MX Linux KDe is the Linux that was missing.

    • KDE now has now better resource management XFCE..
      I’ve seen the XFCE developers themselves admit it,
      And they say they lack the manpower to do optimizations like KDE

    • Plasma is no longer a resource hungry bloated desktop. On my Dell Inspiration 17 it is as easy on resources as MX-Linux XFCE. Thank you to all who made possible the KDE version. I simply did a fresh install and kept my home directory and user. Works flawlessly.

    • If you call 563 MB of RAM usage after boot, together with 90 active tasks and 146 threads “bloated” and “resource hungry” then I’d really like to hear about your XFCE numbers. This is htop in virtual box right after it finishes booting.
      I am not a fan of KDE Plasma myself but I have to admit it is becoming a fine desktop.


    • Yikes, too quick to judge there. Have you tried KDE 5 lately? It does better at memory management than most other “lightweight” desktop environments. Mine hovers around 500 MB at idle.

  5. “it seems strange to offer the most bloated and resource hungry DE on a version of Linux noted for being lightweight.” Please Michael give Kde another go, you’ll see for yourself why it is a legitimate choice. I should know at i used to rail against Kde 4 since its first release but german quiet efficiency took care of the bloat and made me change my mind.

  6. Everytime I see Thunderbird (deprecated project as soon will be Firefox – Mozilla woman fired 250 developers this month) it makes me wanna puke. Like if KDE needs this POS. It needs to be removed from default ISO and metapackage kdepim reinstated along with mysql for it to function properly. No need for stupid GTK crap.

  7. Beside glitchy VLC primerily coded for Windows should go away too. mpv+Smplayer+intel libva+gst-vaapi should be default and should come from Suse Open Build System (OBS) because the one in Debian are deprecated and non functioning (mpv 0.29 can come from Debian- its OK).

    Kernel should be 5.4.x LTS, so should be FF ESR. The current setup is broken and crashy and not stable. I strongly recommend against installing this POS kernel and MX KDE. FF is not stable, VLC is not stable, vaapi is missing. Libre Office is loooong time unsupported and crashy (can’t include fonts if someone doesn’t have them, buggy slow and not supported anymore, now 6.4 is almost finished, so you should get supported one called Still…).

    This is a gigantic misconfigurated, crappy sytem. No thank you.

    • And yes you can (as others have already done) not to have systemd at all. Having it there and pretending it should pollute your system and telling users “but its not activated” is a lame unskilled coder excuse, as is non-functioning time stetting in KDE. Others using OpenRC or runit did not brake KDE system time settings at all. Your MX GTK from years ago that look like shit should also disappear from KDE. What a lames ass distro. The worst KDE distro of all times. Not even KDE LTS. Forget about it. You will never achieve MEPIS quality.

      P.S. The latest Intel microcode should go away too. It made debian freeze all the time.

  8. Thank you MX team and the community for your work and another great DE to add for your user to try. You all and AntiX team carry-on the Mepis Community heritage quite well. Been using you all off and on even before Warren left. Now this KDE fanboy has a new daily.

  9. The MX KDE is a fast and sleek system, so far as I can see. The selection of the software is a kind of unorthodox and brings the best apps to the user. And anyway, KDE wasn’t on my radar, but now it is! Maybe I found a new daily driver.

  10. Hello team mx-linux.
    Congratulations on this new desktop variant, a kde version was really needed.
    i’ve been testing them since the beta versions and it works very well, it’s very efficient.
    As a suggestion, it would be fastastic if you could incorporate kde 5.18 . as it’s a more modern version and it’s LTS.
    If that was achieved it would really have few rivals within the linux distributions of the market.
    On the other hand it would be good to be able to incorporate during the installation process the possibility of adding other partitions besides those offered by the installer, for example a /media/data partition, or others.
    I really like the tools contained in MX-Linux.
    Thanks for your work and effort!

    Translated with (free version)

  11. Hi – just wondering if there is any difference between this KDE version and just simply installing KDE from the MX Package Installer?

  12. Can’t wait to try this. I’m not a big fan of XFCE so that’s discouraged my adoption. Plasma is a much lighter DE than it used to be so I think it should stay true to the midweight distro goal that MX has.

  13. Somehow in my most recent update session , my MXKDE install got fubar’d. No idea. I had been keeping up with updates since Beta 1 via MX Updater. Specifically I dont have my desktop or panel anymore. I am simply making a new flash drive w the final release on it, but I am curious how my live usb could help fix the existing install? Thx

    • Hey Rich – same thing happened to me. Not with this KDE release, but with regular MX – and I had installed KDE from its package installer. Then a couple of days ago- it broke. No desktop or panel. Luckily I could still boot into Xfce, so system is still accessible, but not sure what happened to the KDE side

  14. @John: I ended up installing the final KDE release over the old broken beta. I didnt have files to rescue, but I need to read up more on using live usb as a rescue tool.

    The Admins most often will tell you to only install stuff for / from the MX repositories

  15. Hello!
    Installed as you wrote ” MX-packageinstaller -> Popular Apps.” But I don’t know how to make the KDE environment start by default? Thank!

    • On the lightdm signin screen, up at the top there’s a dropdown menu with desktop choices. Your selection will be persistent.

  16. Dear MX Linux team,
    I never thought that KDE can look ugly. Congrats you have proven me wrong. The MX Version of KDE looks SUPER ugly. I’ll stick with Arch Linux with normal KDE.

    • I agree with you there. It takes maybe a whole minute to change both of those, ugly ePapirus icons to standard Breeze or Breeze Dark, and wallpaper to something other than that one that must be an artist’s impression of the walls of hell.
      Other than that, MX-KDE is an excellent release and worthy of its MEPIS heritage.

  17. wonderful! I am using it for last few weeks, now nobody gonna question about MX Linux’s #1 position. Greatly stable version, useful as a developer’s work station! One thing, i don’t like about the MX Linux is their Muon package manager. It is not that user friendly for a noob like me, i find it really difficult to uninstall Libre office through the package Manager. when Elementary Os and Deepin OS provide a better experience using the package manager, i expect MX Linux to follow the same. but overall, it is a wonderful experience. Well done MX Team way to go!

  18. I was looking forward to this new MX model. Unfortunately, custom Breeze icons (my favorite being Breeze Chameleon) breaks the KDE application icons in the menu and panel. This is a problem with Plasma 5.14. I’m going to have to go with Linux Mint 20 and install KDE Plasma 5.18 onto that so that all customizations work properly.

  19. Well done team! I thought that MX Xfce was the ultimate distro, with KDE it got even better. I’ve donated a bit money to show my appritiation of your work.

  20. Just added the new MX Linux KDE Plasma Edition to my desktop PC and it is impressive!
    I have it on a separate drive from Linux Mint so it uses GRUB to select between distros which isn’t any big deal.
    So far I like it…
    #linux #linuxmint #mxlinux

  21. Congrats on the KDE release. After a few months of wondering why MX is so popular and after 2 failed attempts to survive XFCE, I finally jumped ship over from Manjaro KDE and I liked MX tools very much and many other aspects of MX, but KDE 5.14 is ancient. Is there any chance to see KDE Plasma 5.18 any time soon on MX please?

    • Same here! KDE Plasma 5.18 is by far a better choice because is LTS!! I hope that MX will make this change soon. Than will be a very interesting system also for me.

  22. Hi. I’m new to Linux … played around with Kubuntu and Manjaro, very mildly familiar with terminal stuff so for now prefer GUI and simpler until I learn more. But I’m freelance so need a stable OS to work on while I tinker and learn on others … I like the KDE (heard how its improved resource wise) and not happy about snappacks from ubuntu … so thought a Debian KDE might be a good option for stability and something nice lookin and customizable … I see MX Linux has had some good reports, but the KDE is new obviously … honestly, would you say MX Linux KDE is Stable … at least as stable as Ubuntu?

    • PS … I think i made a mistake and that Debian also uses snappacks … watched a couple vis. And from what I can tell, Ubuntu is supposed to be better for beginners than Debian, less terminal and technical work in Ubuntu than Debian … is Mx Linux beginner “friendly”, or is it still important for a user to know more technical input as in Debian compared to the GUI interface options of ubuntu?

      Thanks again

  23. eagerly anticipated- I’m an MX lover and donor… I downloaded the KDE ISO, burned and installed it… I get xfce! The desktop choices dropdown on login screen does not list kde. /etc/mx-version shows mx-19.2-x64 patito-feo May 31, 2020.

    Any suggestions?

  24. I want to personally congratulate the entire MX Linux development and testing team for an EXCELLENT job on MX Linux 19.2 KDE!

    I’ve been a faithful user of MEPIS, antiX, and MX Linux since the earliest announcements of their efforts and I have used many, if not most of them during both development and release.

    In recent years I have not been using KDE much for two reasons: 1. I really don’t need or use all of its features and 2. It can be a significant consumer of resources.

    However, I remember that old versions of MEPIS were extremely efficient implementations of KDE and were about as efficient as this infrastructure allows.

    A friend of mine recently mentioned the Trinity project, which uses a lot of the classic features of the OLD KDE, but has been maintained and updated to some extent. Thinking about this, I tried a Trinity implementation briefly on one distribution and found that it was quite comparable to the MX Linux implementation in resources used. Then I briefly added KDE Plasma to one or two distributions to see if it’d still work for me, and the answer was yes.

    Therefore, when I saw the efforts taking place with MX Linux and KDE, I decided to give it a try. By the time I actually got to it, the testing effort had been completed and it was released. I tried it out, and while resource consumption is somewhat heavier than our Xfce implementation, it’s not terrible. I have 8 GB of memory available on my five year old Dell Inspiron 5558 laptop and I have plenty of disk space too, so I have MX Linux Xfce, MX Linux KDE, antiX Base, antiX ‘runit’, Debian Buster/Sid (10.5 with a lot of Sid packages added), plus a few other distributions that I multi-boot.

    MX Linux 19.2 Xfce is still the one I use to control my boot loader and it’s pretty much “home”, but I use MX and antiX quite a bit’ now I’ve added MX Linux KDE to the mix. So far, I have not encountered any issues; initial start-up is a bit slower than the Xfce edition, but once logged in, the experience is similar: very clean, nicely done, with the usual flexibility and “value-added” collection of tools and packages, which make it worthwhile to use instead of relying 100% on standard Debian (which is also quite solid, but it lacks some of the fine tools, especially the persistence, USB tools, and the easy package installer.

    Well done and thanks again for yet another very high quality release from the MX Linux team!

  25. Ignore the naysayers and the whiners who don’t like particular software choices. This is the KDE release I have wanted forever. Smooth and fast. Thank you MX team.

  26. 하루 동안 내내 써보고 도저히 더이상 아직까지는 쓰지 못할 리눅스로 평가 된다.
    MX리눅스는 상당히 많은 버그를 가지고 있다.
    nVidia 문제가 해결되지 않았다.
    한글 지원이 전혀 없고 제어판에서 다국어 입력기 프레임워크 지원을 안한다.
    깔아도 실행이 안되는 프로그램이 있다.
    제어판 멀티미디어에서 마이크 음양조정등 버그가 조금 있다.
    알트+프린트키 작동하지 않는다.

    잘 다듬으면 기대되는부분은:
    첫느낌은 지저분한 우분투 UI보다 깔끔해 보인다.
    인터페이스가 잘되어 있다.
    기본프로그램이 잘 갖추고 있어 초보가 사용하기 좋다.

    nvidia 설정은 우분투에 사용된것을 그대로 가져 왔으면 한다.

  27. Thank you MX team, for a very worthy addition.
    I do agree an upgrade to KDE 5.18 would a vast improvement but for now you have made me a happy camper. MX and KDE Plasma 5 in one go.
    Looking forward to the upgrade😁

  28. The way to download MX Linux by SourceForge is so stupid and confusing that I didn´t want to downloaded, I don´t understand why the no.1 distro needs that fucking service, Is not possible to have your official site well explained ? Come on guys !!

  29. had to uninstall, all the text was really really small with nvidia driver installed. went back to XFCE
    I did try to fix it, we
    when i fixed one this, something else was off.

  30. Good day all!
    I just want to give BIG props to the MX Team (that’s with a capital T!) for truly delivery the goods in the form of this brilliant, efficient & super RELIABLE spin. Did I mention how RELIABLE it is?
    I have already installed this on my girlfriend’s EliteBook, an old Dell 500 my friend donated to a needy secondary student & a friend on an old Samsung laptop for her 65+ year old mom where I increased the RAM to 4GB & installed the KDE edition. Smooth as silk.

    Please ignore Dedoimedo’s last review of your KDE spin. I truly believe he cares deeply about MX Linux because he always gets disappointed with other mainstream distros whenever they release new versions. I believe MX Linux 17 & 18 really wowed him which gave him HIGH expectations for future releases.

    Any knowledgeable reader of Dedo’s MX KDE review can clearly SEE that he didn’t even take the car for test drive. If he had done so, he would be SHOCKED at its speed, RELIABILITY along with the plethora of valuable MX Tools which he is intimately aware of from his previous stellar reviews.

    Anywho, I have full confidence that the MX Team will rectify this MINOR setback (I wouldn’t even call it that!) in the next MX KDE release. In fact, I’m confident that it will be nominated for one of the BEST distros by year’s end as its developers get more comfortable with KDE & tweak this unique spin to the max.

    If I could request a default app…
    Does nobody use stopwatches & timers any more? I workout at home, cook for myself etc. I always need a timer or stopwatch to keep track of things instead of writing a text note to myself in Telegram or GNote while using my Android fone to keep track of time. Just a thought.

    Also, if you could create a popular post-install script that can be downloaded for truly setting up an MS Office (ie. Office 2007/2010/2013) setup via the PlayOnLinux/WINE combo. It would be nice if there was a script or button to click that would install everything PROVIDED that the Office installer was already copied to a specific folder where the script can continue on its jolly way. I believe this would be a killer MX Tools feature.

    So let me be absolutely clear here…
    The user is supposed to PROVIDE an Office 2007/2010/2013 installer in an agreed upon folder so the script can be portable & work on any machine. By doing this, I believe MX Linux will attract even more SME/SMB/SOHO users.

    What sayeth you? 👀🤔

  31. BTW, just a reminder of how much Dedoimedo LOVES MX Linux!! 👇🏽👇🏽

    First place: MX Linux MX-18 Continuum
    Something rather remarkable happened in 2019. I committed MX Linux into my production setup. Well, in a secondary function, but it’s still more than I’ve done with pretty much any other distro in roughly a decade or so, other than my standard Ubuntu/Kubuntu mix. I hadn’t planned on it, but then I needed a super-light distro for my ancient Asus eeePC, and Continuum delivered. Furthermore, it also behaved well in other setups, on other hardware, and all in all, it never faltered or annoyed me.

    This is a really neat little distro, with a good mix of usability, style and functionality. It doesn’t have the pro edge, but perhaps you don’t need that. I would like to see some of that, something that’s been sorely missing across most of the Linux desktop scene for … well, ever. Maybe something that could happen in 2020. Now, MX-19 isn’t quite as refined as its precedessor, our winner, but we still have a full year ahead of us.


    Rightfully, Dedo had high expectations for the MX Linux KDE release based on previous Xfce releases. In fact, I believe he is probably looking to get off the Ubuntu train of good releases followed by less stellar, buggy releases for his SlimBook & other systems. You can sense that in his annoyance with perennial mainstays like Linux Mint, Ubuntu & OpenSUSE in his previous reviews of said distros.

    Like I said, I’m a absolutely confident that the next 1 or 2 releases of MX KDE is going to be a huge eye opener for the Linux community at large since the gorgeous KDE desktop environment is like a Visa card – “It’s everywhere you wanna be.”

  32. I have just loaded MX Kde after looking for a good KDE distro. I was running Kubuntu and was quite satisfied with it, but having read glowing reports on Manjaro KDE I thought I’d try it. However I found it very slow and it kept falling over. Tried Neon, but too barebones for me. So as a last chance I’m trying MX KDE. So far it has been pretty good. Well stocked repositories and pretty fast.
    Some things seem rather old fashioned, but possibly no bad thing. I likes the way the bar could be moved from bottom screen to top, without having to build a new bar. It is a bit confusing having two control centres, the regular KDE one and the standard I presume MX one. I like having Conky pre-loaded, and a good selection of software. I like a Mac type environment so will see how making the required changes will work. So far a great job. BTW I have been using KDE off and on for over 20 years, starting with Mandriva.

  33. Good and stable distribution, but I have one suggestion: Make it possible to install a minimum distribution, such as in Kubuntu. There is too much complex and specific software that most ordinary users do not need.

  34. Hello everyone, thanks for that great spin. I quite like this mxlinux 19.2. The only thing i miss is qutebrowser. It was available in my repos in mxlinux.

  35. Hi.
    MX Linux with the KDE/Plasma spin is just beautiful. The start screen made me feel right away good. I am really looking forward to bullseye with KDE/Plasma 5.21. This might be the perfect environment to work and play with.

    Question to the developers. Did you consider to make a tool like bauh ( part of MX Linux?


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