MX-19.3 now available!

November 11, 2020

Updated iso images
–direct download:

Mirrors will populate over time. Other download locations:

Torrents here:

We are pleased to offer MX-19.3 for your use.

MX-19.3 is the third 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:

The standard MX-19.3 releases (32 bit and 64 bit) feature the latest debian 4.19 kernel and unlike in the past the kernel will now auto-update along with debian sources by default.

The AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) iso features a debian 5.8 kernel, mesa 20, as well as a new updated firmware package.

The KDE iso has also been updated, and being based on AHS, also has the 5.8 kernel and updated firmware and mesa packages.

As usual, this release includes the latest updates from debian 10.6 (buster) and MX repos.

Xfce 4.14 or KDE/plasma 5.15
GIMP 2.10.12
MESA 18.3.6 (20.1.8 ahs)
Latest debian 4.19 kernel (5.8 ahs)
Browser: Firefox 82
Video Player: VLC 3.0.11
Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
Email client: Thunderbird 68.12.0
Office suite: LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes) (LO 7 is available in MX-Packageinstaller->Popular Apps)
and more in the MX repositories.

–New and updated mx-apps since 19.2. Highlights include:

mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) fix pertaining to autoinstall and ESP flag setting on UEFI setups.
mx-snapshot – misc. enhancements, including a reset network connections function in the gui.
mx-packageinstaller – updated kernel entries and misc. improvements
misc. improvements to the antiX live system, including live system will no longer set alt+shift by default for keyboard switching.

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

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

Thank you!

Dolphin Oracle (on behalf of the MX Dev Team)

70 thoughts on “MX-19.3 now available!”

  1. I have had mx linux on my computer for a year now, really works perfectly and as far as I know very safe, had no problem yet
    automations will be upgraded after 19.3
    now also use the rc2 version of avlinux mxe really top my favorite music distro avlinux in combination with my other favorite mxlinux what more could a person want, thank you
    it is unfortunate that I cannot make a donation for support
    because mxlinux not ideal support (european banking system)

  2. MX-Linux is a good alternative to void; seems to have more devs

    The only part I’d love to see improved is the installer. The fedora
    installer is quite simple to use and convenient; I’d wish the MX
    installer would be as simple too (or perhaps offer more than
    one variant, as an additional option, for faster “poweruser”

    Not many systemd-free distributions left, so I take the opportunity
    with MX linux for sure.

  3. My 19.2 –> 19.3 upgrade automatically is done.
    No Problems at all, I’m working with 19.3 now for a couple of hours.

    Thanks a lot to the MX-Team!

  4. When I am installing Wine. ( 19.3_x64 / AHS )
    This happened —-> Problem detected while instaling.please inspect the console output.
    What do I have to do?

  5. I LOVE MXLinux but the only deal-breaker for me is “I am unable to disable middle mouse paste”. I use laptop and even when I scroll page with two fingers it pasts, which is irritating. I tried many distros and the reason why I love MXLinux is its AHS. My laptop is quite older and other distros don’t support my Intel WiFi out of the box except MXLinux. Only Windows10 and MXL supports my Intel WiFi. BUT if you could tweak or atleast suggest how to disable middle mouse paste settings I would stick to it forever. Lot’s of Love!

  6. Working perfectly on my HP Stream 14. Bluetooth, Wireless, Display Brightness Keys, Wireless on/off, Volume Keys, everything …

  7. I have been working with GNU/Linux since its inception and I have thoroughly tested many distributions. But this MXLinux is unsurpassed. It never ceases to surprise me. For stability, ease of use and great completeness. Great great job!

  8. LOL I was just flashing a USB with an image of 19.2, for my new (used) pc, and I just came to read some news and theres a new version, thats cool, gotta love seeing how you guys keep this updated all the time, I was going with mint 20 but then I just like 19.2 xfce was so cool on my old pc, so I just cannot leave like that!

    Keep at the good work guys, waiting for mx 20!!

  9. I think there’s a bug in the installer. Formatting to ext4 fails consistently, seemingly there’s a typo in the mkfs command – there’s a chapeau (^) before the “64” flag. Manual formatting the partition with exact same parameters (sans chapeau) is OK, but the installer forces to reformat the partition and then fails. Same with ext3fs.
    I tried using btrfs, but the installer greyed out installing grub to EFI, only MBR or PBR offered and that resulted in unbootable machine.

    I worked around this by installing the MX-19.2 version and doing an apt distro-upgrade. After that it works well on this MacBookPro 2010

    I found the installation to be faster if the live system was booted with the toram parameter.

    Some wishes for future default settings: /tmp in tmpfs and swap in RAM (zram) – or give a clickable yes/no option at installation time. I find myself changing this first thing after every install.

    • our ext4 formatting command does not have a 64 flag. this is the ext4 command.

      mkfs.ext4 -F /dev/sda1 -L “rootMX19”

      ext4 is the most tested format for MX. If you want to provide the /var/log/minstall.log we will take a look. you can post it in the forum, not here in the blog.

  10. Anyone try making a live-USB with persistence in 19.3 XFCE? If you do, good luck saving anything you change, like desktop backgrounds or new file folders on the desktop. On a reboot it will not be there. I’ll have to try doing it in 19.2 to see if the same problem existed.

    • working fine on my live usb. you do have to make sure you are using the persistence boot codes on subsequent boots. the legacy boot as a Functin Key save menu and the UEFI mode has an option to save a custom entry.

      • Okay, that left me way deep in the weeds; regret I have no idea what that means. Persistence was set as a percentage of the USB stick capacity using the make live usb tool. But the tool doesn’t actually configure the stick to run in persistent mode? If not, it should, otherwise what’s the point of setting persistence up? I have verified UEFI from BIOS settings, and in Mint 19.2 64-bit via terminal command(s), on my 64-bit machine. Thanks for trying to help.

        • what live usb tool? Ours? Ours sets freespace, but not persistence, and the ubuntu live usb makers do something completely different. We always make persistence files on first boot of the live-usb with the persistence option enabled. I’ve done a lot of videos, but this one is pretty complete in explaining the boot options. around 13:45 I show the UEFI versions of the F-key menus shown in the first part of the video, including creation of persistence.

          • Thank You dolphin_oracle! Your video showed me what you said in your earlier reply, and I was able to set up persistence! Now I’m on my way to breaking MX-19.3 by trying other desktops. :). Also, my earlier comment about persistence referred to the MX Live-USB tool; I had clicked on “Show Advanced Options”, and set the size of the ESP Partition, not realizing how dang far in the weeds I already was at that point, and confusing the ESP Partition with the persistence reserved size, since I never knew how it was done on any distro.

  11. Any idea when 20. 0 will be released and if it can be upgraded from 19? Need to upgrade from 18 and don’t want to have to do 2 new installs.


  12. Wow! I installed MX-19.3 on my late 2008 MacBook. No install issues and everything worked right away! I was using Linux Mint for about a year but kept having various issues and the main issue has always been with nvidia. I’m not having any issues with MX-19.3 and nouveau driver works fine. Haven’t tried nvidia driver on this. Amazing. Very happy!

  13. I have my first day of linux today and especially mx linux 19.3 via iso on a bootable stick … it works great – scanning, browsing and much more … on a hardware of 2008! Very fine!

  14. Que tal, he tratado de instalar mx19.3 en mi asus sabertoot 990fx en modo uefi dualbot con win 10 y cuando va en 96 % de instalacion me manda el mensaje “error de actualizacion de la variable nvram. el sistema no va a arrancar pero se puede corregir con la reinstalacion de inicio de grub” o algo similar. despues de lo cual aunque corrija el inicio, no arranca el sistema. con las versiones de mx18 hacia abajo no tengo ese problema por lo que si alguien me puede ayudar por favor.

  15. Greetings from Hungary.Your team made an excellent job, thanks for the possibility to enjoy your system, day by day, hundreds of hours.

  16. Just installed MX 19.3 two days ago (I think!) from about 6 or 7 years using Linux Mint (18.3 currently). I have been practicing installs and restorations with Clonezilla Live the past few weeks – and learned much – that and Jerry Bond’s YouTube video (I think that was where I saw it) on how to use GParted to set up my two SSD drives made me brave enough to take the “Something Else” path. Only slight issue there was choose something for the Boot partiton (no choices after setting the other choices. And was not sure if that should be a FAT32 parition or an EXT4 one. Did not seem to make any difference and changed it back and forth and finally to FAT32 after the install. But had the correct flags on that 100MB partition. Anyway it just worked! Maybe easiest Linux Install I have ever done!!!

  17. Hi All,
    I love MxLinux and has been using it for more than 4 years.
    However recent 19.3 version seems to be knocking out the RAMs in
    my old machines which are more than 10 years old.
    One machine died after reboot from freeze and mainboard gives
    3 constant beeps and could not boot up.

    Another machine, the below mentioned machine had 8 gb RAM. The RAM failure occurred immediately after an update. To rule out hardware failure, I took out 2 sticks (2 gb each) but the RAM failure continued after successful boot.
    Most notable is 19.3.13 which causes constant reboots just after update
    this morning. I reverted to 19.3.12 and am able to write you this note.

    [Code deleted, not appropriate here]

  18. I used to install xfce4 from antix, but hated getting MTP and fuse running properly, so I tried MX. I dd the iso to a flash drive and booted. I installed on a HDD, then booted to the drive. No ethernet, not even a device. So I pull the HDD off and use it as a chroot to update to 5.10.4 and the latest firware stack, and boot. Great! I have ethernet. X won’t start. WTF? The vesa driver is broken, and some nut put an xorg.conf with just the vesa driver that won’t even try to start, and this on Intel GPU. I removed the stupid config file from /etc/X11, and restarted the GUI. It comes up, but the interface is so ugly even I hate it. Thunar’s menus are all scrunched together like this: FileEditViewGoHelp. I spend an hour trying to figure out how to mount USB sticks without a root password every time, and I finally hacked the /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.UDisks2.policy until I got it to work. I’ve been using Linux since Red Hat 5.2 came out in the early 90s. I hate systemd or I would just find a distro with that. How the hell to normal users get this crap to work?!! And how do you fix the icons and menus so they don’t look like kindergarden flunkee designed them?

    • the xorg.conf file is generated when a user tries one of hte failsafe boot modes with the live media.

      You give so little information that I can’t help you. Your case is atypical, and I’m shocked your first thought was to get th 5.10 kernel. I have no idea what you’ve done, but they sound like things the average user wounldn’t even know to try.

      the only time I’ve seen the thunar menus scrucned up was with missmatched video drivers, coupled with a bad repo update when gtk libraries get mixed up.

      support is a available in the forum. blog posts not so much.

  19. The live media worked. GUI came up, and I clicked the install. The installer is the most hassle-less installer I’ve ever run. Kudos to the installer developer, this usually chokes if something does. Good job on that! The trouble is that in my newly installed HDD, it created that xorg file. It’s not shocking to install the latest kernel – I’m running a CPU that Intel released last March, and it’s not the first time a new CPU wouldn’t boot or hardware was broken on a kernel that doesn’t have the patches. I truly want to love MX, but I’ve now installed some themes and tweaked fonts and installed icons and tried them, but the menus are still jacked up. And the fonts all look like anti-aliasing is not turned on. It is, because I turned it off and it’s truly horrible. This is the state of Linux these days. Some distros used to release rock solid releases that just worked sans known hardware issues. I struggle to find one these days, and Antix/MX are sadly some of the better ones. Perhaps I’ll go back to AntiX that I’ve seriously modified.

    • again, this is why the “ahs” release was created. we’ve updated the kernel, firmware, and xorg drivers twice since its release. there ins’t much released since March that doesn’t run on the 5.8 kernel.

      if you installed a kernel from debian testing, or updated any libs from debian testing, that was the trouble with your graphics.

      again, not a lot of info in your post, but if the live boots up, the installed should too. Not saying the system is perfect, but its not bad. and your results are atypical to be sure.

      again, feel free to ask stuff in the forum. the folks there will want to see the output of the “quick-system-info” tool. it produces output suitable for forum posts (code tags included and copied into your clipboard).

  20. Hi, when I installed MX-18, it had no H264 support shown on But after using the mx codecs installer on MX-18, H264 support showed up on

    Later when I changed to MX-19, and ran the mx codecs installer, now shows no H264 support. Both times I was using the same browser TBB-7.5, and I don’t want to change this browser.

    Is there a noobyproof way of restoring H264 support in MX-19? I suspect the mx codecs installer is different in MX-19, or maybe some codecs are just no longer included?

    Snapshot created on: 20210115_1104
    System: Host: Kernel: 4.19.0-12-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.3.0
    parameters: quiet splasht nosplash
    Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 tk: Gtk 3.24.5 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.26.0
    Distro: MX-19.3_x64 patito feo November 11 2020 base: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
    Machine: Type: Laptop System: TOSHIBA product: TECRA R840 v: PT429A-007004 serial:
    Chassis: type: 10 v: Version 1.0 serial:
    Mobo: TOSHIBA model: Portable PC v: Version A0 serial: BIOS: TOSHIBA
    v: Version 3.10 date: 08/25/2011
    Battery: ID-1: BAT1 charge: 51.6 Wh condition: 51.6/65.7 Wh (79%) volts: 10.8/10.8
    model: G71C000BE710 type: Li-ion serial: status: Full
    CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-2520M bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Sandy Bridge family: 6 model-id: 2A (42) stepping: 7 microcode: 2F
    L2 cache: 3072 KiB
    flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 19935
    Speed: 1191 MHz min/max: 800/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 871 2: 892 3: 828 4: 865
    Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages
    Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
    Type: mds
    status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT vulnerable
    Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
    Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
    Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
    Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
    Type: srbds status: Not affected
    Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
    Graphics: Device-1: AMD Seymour [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series]
    vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0
    chip ID: 1002:6760
    Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: ati,radeon unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa
    resolution: 1366×768~60Hz
    OpenGL: renderer: AMD CAICOS (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.19.0-12-amd64 LLVM 7.0.1)
    v: 3.3 Mesa 18.3.6 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes
    Audio: Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio
    vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
    chip ID: 8086:1c20
    Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.0-12-amd64
    Network: Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems
    driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 4020 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1502
    IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac:
    Drives: Local Storage: total: 523.67 GiB used: 42.87 GiB (8.2%)
    ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MK5061GSYN size: 465.76 GiB block size:
    physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial:
    rev: 1M scheme: MBR
    ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra Fit size: 57.91 GiB block size:
    physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR
    Partition: ID-1: / raw size: N/A size: 2.99 GiB used: 830.8 MiB (27.1%) fs: overlay
    source: ERR-102
    Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 59.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 57 C
    Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
    Repos: No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
    Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
    1: deb buster-updates main contrib non-free
    Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
    1: deb buster main contrib non-free
    2: deb buster/updates main contrib non-free
    Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list
    1: deb buster main non-free
    No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/various.list
    Info: Processes: 203 Uptime: 45m Memory: 3.80 GiB used: 1.38 GiB (36.2%) Init: SysVinit
    v: 2.93 runlevel: 5 default: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0 alt: 8 Shell: quick-system-in
    running in: quick-system-in inxi: 3.0.36

  21. Ich habe MX 19.3 installiert ohne Probleme. Der Rechner fährt sauber hoch, bleibt aber beim runterfahren stecken. Lüfter schalten ab aber der Laufbalken auf dem Monitor bleibt eisern.

  22. I have been using MX 19.3 KDE for some weeks and wish to congratulate the developers on a beautiful and rock-solid distro. No problems at all so far. Did not get on with the XFCE version as I could not get a stable set-up with enhanced desktop visuals (partially sighted) – seems to be a problem common to many XFCE-based distros, tsk tsk. Much more complexity than for my first foray in Linux – Red Hat 6.x ca. 1987 – I’ll enjoy probing the possibilities 🙂

    Thank you 🙂


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