MX-21 Fluxbox beta 1 iso images for testing

MX-21 Fluxbox is built from Debian-bullseye and MX repositories. The Fluxbox edition is new to the MX-21 series.  On more limited equipment it may be a good choice because of the desktop’s lower resource requirements.  It is also a features a more limited set of applications installed by default than our flagship release, as well as a customized fluxbox “desktop” experience.

–direct download of testing images:

<32 bit Fluxbox with Debian standard 5.10 kernel> sha256_checksum md5_checksum signature

<64 bit Fluxbox with Debian standard 5.10 kernel> sha256_checksum md5_checksum signature

Fluxbox release-specific things that are new in the beta 1

–Fluxbox-centric release with a few traditional Xfce applications to round out the feature set.
–Settings manager (similar to Xfce settings manager)
–A traditional default panel (tint2 panel) with a collection of pre-built configurations to choose from along with a expanded set of applications for panel management.
–mx-fluxbox 3.0 settings and tools suite–expanded and revised apps and keys files
*revised Help doc (with 10 translations)
*desktop link to dedicated YouTube channel for MX-Fluxbox
*default inclusion of many former goodies such as mxfb-quickshot and mxfb-timer
*tiling options by default, using Ctrl + 1-9 or alternatives (→ keys)

General things that are new in the MX beta 1

–New and updated applications
–New installer partition selection area, including some lvm support if lvm volume exists already
–New UEFI live system boot menus. Now you can select your live boot options (persistence, etc…) from the boot menu and submenus rather than using the previous console menus.
–User password (sudo) for admin tasks by default. You can switch this in mx-tweak->Other tab.

With this beta 1 release, we are particularly interested to continue testing the new UEFI live system boot menus along with the installer. Virtualbox testing is welcome, but we are looking for edge cases on real hardware for the most part.    Any errors and/or bugs resulting from the fluxbox configurations and tools are also of particular interest for this release.

Known issues

–the wallpaper is a little busy and the current conky gets washed out a little. looks better on some screens than on others. That will get worked out after default wallpaper is chosen.

–32bit iso only : there is an error message when you boot the iso in virtualbox. also the virtualbox guest additions are not pre-installed on the 32 bit iso.

–MX Package Installer: test repo and backports tabs will not display anything, for obvious reasons, the repos don’t exist or are empty at this time. Feel free to test popular application installations though.

– Fluxbox Submenus are not yet all translated.

Feedback for testing should be via forum post here: MX-21 fluxbox beta 1 feedback thread

Be sure to include proper system data, including the output of quick-system-info.

If posting nvidia-installer (ddm-mx) 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)

6 thoughts on “MX-21 Fluxbox beta 1 iso images for testing”

  1. Looking good after booting from (UEFI) USB on several machines. ‘Battery Low’ warnings at startup and other random times needs to be sorted though. Conky Manager doesn’t work on either of the MX21’s but this Fluxbox edition uses a nice low 391 MB of RAM. The ‘out of sight’ options are a nice touch and I can see this being my go to option for older machines instead of Antix which is a bit too busy and potentially confusing for Linux newbies.

    • Officially, neither MX18 nor MX19 for 3 reasons where these MX Fluxbox ISO’s are concerned. The first is we do not provide an upgrade path between each successive Debian generation and neither does Debian. Upgrading may be possible if you really, really, really know what you’re doing and are willing to potentially break your system. Secondly, this is a brand new Desktop type release using only Fluxbox, whereas our flagship MX uses the Xfce Desktop and thirdly, this is a first public Beta release intended for testing only, it is not production ready.

  2. At the current time is there a way to just install flux box into mx 21, of do we have to install the entire fluxbox iso and wipe out current setup?

    • yes, in mx-packageinstaller->popular apps under Window Managers. There will be a prompt during the install to copy some setup files into your home folder.

  3. Doing ok with fluxbox. It’s attractive and seems fairly stable as far as my limited use has allowed to try it out. Mostly web stuff, music or video watching. I’ve watched streaming (Plutotv) that was smooth. I am feeling comfortable with this.
    I have had one lock-up,but it is the type of lock-up I’ve had with any linux system and that most frequently involves xscreensaver after it has run for a very long time with random screensavers.. I tend to think those lock-ups involve some experimental change some screensaver writer has made to their own design. This does not surprise me, and when it happens I am not inclined to blame the operating system.
    Neither do I consider those rare lock-ups as something to worry about. I consider this as ‘art’ that we are working with. To hit the edges from time to time is to be expected.
    I may download the next beta, but actually I think I rather like this ‘flux’ and wouldn’t mind staying with it for a while at least.


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