MX-21 “AHS” iso now available

November 22, 2021

MX-21 “AHS” (Advanced Hardware Support) iso is now available. The release features all the updates and goodness packaged up with the other MX-21 releases, but with a 5.14 kernel and updated mesa, xorg and vulkan drivers to produce a graphic stack more in line with newer hardware, along with a few recompiled applications that utilize the later kernel.

“AHS” by design is a little more on the edge, and not as tested as our primary releases, and 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.

One known issue for older systems, particularly with intel-based graphics, is with suspend-to-ram, or at least resuming after suspend. If that feature is important to you and your PC can otherwise use the 5.10 kernel from the main releases, then sticking with the main releases or at least the 5.10 kernels is probably the way to go. (This is how the KDE/plasma release of MX-21 is set up right now).

64 bit AHS (Xfce) with 5.14 kernel sha256_checksum md5_checksum signature

Torrents here: https://mxlinux.org/torrent-files

Keep in mind, users of the mainline MX releases can always enable the ahs repository (via mx-repo-manager) and do regular updates. You’ll keep your 5.10 kernel, but you’ll get the later mesa , xorg and vulkan drivers.

20 thoughts on “MX-21 “AHS” iso now available”

    • I usually suggest folks try the main releases first. AHS will have better support for the very newest AMD graphics hardware, but I don’t really know what’s in the that laptop. That said, run it live, it it works live, it should work installed.

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  1. I am always astounded by the incredible work the MX team does! I started my linux life with Antix. I have now been with MX since MX17. I thank you all for your great work!

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  2. I would like MX-Linux much more, if there was an upgrade path without the need of a fresh install. I’m still using MX-18, because there is none.

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    • Hi Hans. When you go through all the bugs that an upgrade can bring, probably you’ll prefer a fresh install. You know, everything in life has its pros and cons but in general, it’s understood that great changes need some sort of sacrifice.

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    • Hi Hans,
      What I usually do is create a script of applications to install on top of the out-of-the-box version. It’s in my install log document, so I can reuse it all the time.
      It has the format of:
      #!/bin/bash
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes update
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes upgrade
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install keepassxc
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install grsync
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install torbrowser-launcher
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install gimp
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install audacity
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install obs-studio
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install ffmpeg
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes install exiftool
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes remove luckybackup
      sudo apt-get –assume-yes autoremove
      Fresh install shouldn’t take a lot of time. It took me maybe and hour and a half for the first laptop, and less than 30 minutes for laptop 2 and 3 (installed from snapshot.iso created after the first install).
      I think that is a fair investment every 18 to 24 months, given the excellent work that the MX team does to deliver a great (my favorite) Linux distro. They spend a lot more time than this 90 minutes!
      Good luck and all the best.

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  3. Une petite remarque : le live 21 est moins conviviale au démarrage que la version 19.4. Je préférai le choix des paramètres de lancement avec la fonction de sauvegarde des préférences. Je possède un PC intel core i7 10TH GEN avec une NVidia 1650 et 16 Go de ram, je voudrais savoir si je dois installer la version avec le noyau 5.10 ou 5.14. Comme il me semble que la 21 AHS a encore de petits problèmes à corriger.
    Sinon… bon travail, j’aime.

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  4. Thank you so much!
    Just one thing the 5.14 kernel just reached its end of life,
    do you gonna update it to 5.15?

    Thank you for you good work!

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  5. Bonjour,
    Installé ce jour et BUG dans le gestionnaire de fenêtre, impossible de changer de thème xfwm il reste bloqué sur “mx-confort”. Le nouveau look xfce trop moderne et trop large. S.V.P, laissé les fenêtres redimensionnablent qui est une des forces de linux. Je trouve de plus en plus de fenêtre verrouillées où il faut jouer de souris pour déplacer les ascenseurs comme microsoft. Pour ma part je retourne à la version 19.4 qui est mieux.
    Cordialement

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  6. I think this is the best 32bits distro out there. Most based on other 64bits only distros leave tons of useful hardware ready for the trash, its WindowsXP is useless & insecure these days. With Linux & other free software we can reduce waste at least for a while.

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