MX19.3 Base 4 new ISO’s !

I am pleased to announce an update for my 3 x personal MX-Base respin ISO’s, plus a new 64-bit Fluxbox ISO !

MX-19.3_base_386 (Xfce only)
MX-19.3_base_x64 (Xfce only)
MX-19.3_flux_base_386 (Fluxbox + Xfce)
MX-19.3_flux_base_x64 (Fluxbox + Xfce) ! New !

All ISO’s are current through to 1st December 2020 and include all the fixes, enhancements and upgrades available through the MX repositories. The Xfce ISO’s do not come with Fluxbox preloaded.

MX Base ISO’s are designed to provide a clean, clutter free MX-Linux Base system that includes all of the goodness of MX Linux while excluding 150+ packages, and their dependencies, at the build stage. These are perfect to use as a base for your next project, whether it’s File Server, Dev box, TV Box, Media Server, Print server or whatever you heart desires.

MX Base is not to be confused with a “Lite system”. The startup RAM usage for the Xfce ISO’s is only marginally lower than our regular Xfce ISO, while the Fluxbox ISO uses only 260MB RAM at startup, easier on older systems, but equally as good on modern processors (64-bit version for EFI boot).

The Fluxbox ISO’s have received the biggest overhaul, the Desktop now defaults to using the Tint2 toolbar. Users not familiar with the standard Fluxbox toolbar will feel right at home with Tint2, which works like the toolbars found on the majority of OS’s used around the globe.

All ISO’s are multi-lingual, users can choose from 60 languages through the Live ISO GRUB menu, a feature common to all MX ISO’s. For Classic Boot, use F2 to set the language, and F3 to set the Locale. For EFI Boot, use the Customize Boot (text menus) option, and choose your language and country using the number values that represent your choice as you go through the first few text screens. Your choices will transfer over to a fixed disk install should you wish to do so, eliminating the need to set languages post installation.

All ISO’s are signed with gpg so you can verify their authenticity after downloading the ISO and its accompanying .sig file. You’ll need to add my public key from a keyserver first to complete the verification. Open a terminal and paste the following to import my public key.

gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-keys 409C71B3BCFDED0A

You can then verify the authenticity of an ISO by issuing a command like the one below in a terminal, opened to the same folder as the downloads.

gpg --verify <name-of-file.iso.sig>


To view and download, please visit our Community Respins Sourceforge page


Please place your feedback, comments and questions in the MX Forums Feedback thread


Brought to you by m_pav (Michael Pavletich) from the MX Team

50 thoughts on “MX19.3 Base 4 new ISO’s !”

  1. Known Issue:
    The Fluxbox versions have a bug in MX-Dockmaker whereby, attempting to edit the existing Dock fails with a segfault. An updated package to fix it is in the regular repositories, you only need to install the updates and the issue will be fixed.

    • Absolutely. Whatever you can do with MX full flavour, you can to an extent do with Base. To better explain my “to an extent” comment, all the Base versions were built with a minimal number of apps preinstalled, though I’ve been careful to ensure they’re usable right off the bat by including our default web browser and photo viewer and all of the MX Tools. Nothing’s been removed to create the Base ISO’s the apps just haven’t been installed and that’s why they’re “Base” ISO’s. You install whatever productivity, multimedia or server apps and extensions you desire using a pristine fully featured ISO that has not been tampered with.

      • Thank you , I just installed the Base version I like it more the the full version. The full version seems little bloated to me and I really dont use all the application on it anyways. With the base version I get to install what ever I need with out the need of having to many programs installed that I need

  2. Для моего ноутбука LENOVO 2009-2010 года! MX LINUX просто шикарно! Спасибо тем, кто его создал!

  3. My question is, when it’s updated next year (version 20 to be precise), is there a way to transfer/autoinstall your current ‘settings and aps’, or should one start anew and reinstall everything? If even there were a script that installed what you currently use, without having to do it all one by one, that would be helpful to say the least. The last thing I want to do is constantly have to start over every time a major release comes out. Inquiring newbs want to know.
    I use the xfce sysvinit version but whatever’s new and fast, without system.d of course. Maybe I should try fluxbox and start over when 20 comes out. I really have no idea.
    Thank You Devs. You guys are the BEST!

    • We follow the Debian release cycle, not the year numbers, so there will be no version 20. We have a public statement to that intent, but I can’t find it using my phone, the UI is too restrictive. To get an impression of what is coming up next, it’s best to keep an eye on the Debian release cycles. We are currently in the Buster release generation and if the next ISO is also based on Buster, there is no need to reinstall because regular updates will pretty much do that for you.
      As to your quesrion re: upgrading to the next major release, Debian do not facilitate or encourage upgrading from 1 generation to the next and neither do we, so if our next release is the next Debian generation, then the only path to a new version will be a reinstall. Please also keep in mind these Base ISO’s are my personal respins, they are not what I call full flavour MX.

      • > As to your quesrion re: upgrading to the next major release, Debian do not facilitate or encourage upgrading from 1 generation to the next

        But Debian does support dist-upgrades. They test this to work with their repositories. MX would also need to test dist-upgrade with their additional repos, and fix any problems before calling it a release day.

  4. A correction for the “gpg” commands that you listed (for “keyserver” and “verify”):

    After cutting and pasting the commands you have listed (using terminal in MX-19.3 x64), I received an error to the effect: ‘no command, trying to understand what you mean’.

    Surfing the MX forum (, I found that the correct syntax is to use a double dash before the options and arguments.

    So, you will need to modify the command


    gpg –keyserver hkps:// –recv-keys 409C71B3BCFDED0A


    gpg –keyserver hkps:// –recv-keys 409C71B3BCFDED0A

    and from:

    gpg –verify


    gpg –verify

    This worked for me.

    I hope it helps others.


  5. Correction on my comment!

    For some strange reason, the double dashes are being converted into a single long dash when posting to this site!!!

    Please disregard the previous comment, and just be sure to use double dashes before the words:
    “keyserver”, “recv-keys” and “verify”


  6. Hello. Is there a way to easily get the verification key for MX-19.3.ISO , on source forge there are many don’t know if “base” is the correct one.
    Also , checked the entry Torrent Download Option, doesn’t says where to get it.

    • A torrent was never provided because my connection would take over 3 hours to upload a 1.2GB ISO and no-one at the time offered to host it. Verification info is in the post details, you only have to follow what it, and our manual, which is both online and intalled says to do, along with the instructions provided in the post to import my public key.

  7. For full flavour MX-19.3, the link above is one layer too deep. You only need to find the Parent Folder arrow, click that, then go to Final and download the .sig file that matches the ISO you wish to verify.

  8. RTL8723 WiFi is not working on my Laptop(Intel 64bit with 4gb ram and has i3 proc), i already search it, and try all those tips/tutorials but none of them are working and always direct me on a github repository..

    can you please, make an update that will make it compatible with mx linux.. thanks in advance !

    • Unfortunately, we can’t do that. Driver updates come from upstream Debian. Please take your issue to the MX Linux Forums where the Devs and other very helpful people who can assist you will see it.

  9. gpg: Signature made 2.12.2020 (ср) 1:47:27 EET
    gpg: using RSA key F56C15AA352A5C50A8391BA1E90429470A677B96
    gpg: Good signature from “Michael Pavletich ” [unknown]
    gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
    gpg: There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
    Primary key fingerprint: 4EB6 BDCF C6CA 16AE 8C34 71C2 409C 71B3 BCFD ED0A
    Subkey fingerprint: F56C 15AA 352A 5C50 A839 1BA1 E904 2947 0A67 7B96

    • Not sure what you’re trying to say. Have you read our Wiki article on Signed ISO files? Here’s an excerpt from that page

      5. Verify the ISO image against the GPG signature file, for example

      gpg --verify antiX-15.1_386-full.iso.sig antiX-15.1_386-full.iso

      A genuine iso should show something like this.

      gpg: Signature made Fri 26 Feb 2016 05:02:44 PM EST using RSA key ID 4A0C4F9C
      gpg: Good signature from “anticapitalista ”
      gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
      gpg: There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
      Primary key fingerprint: 30AA 418A 0C72 3D93 7B50 A986 A805 82E0 0006 7FDD
      Subkey fingerprint: 5ED5 0558 68D3 7498 593A 7E10 F626 26F8 4A0C 4F9C

      If you want to learn more, or remove the warning, please read the full article using the link below

    • Secure CRT is commercial paid software and they provide support for their own customers. To get your answer, please test it yourself or ask them directly. Whenever commercial software is concerned, always check with the vendor if their software will work on xyz, not the other way around because it’s up to the vendor to provide installation and operational support.

      I checked their site and found their Linux debs are for Ubuntu
      Caution!, Ubuntu debs may not be suitable for Debian (proper) based systems due to the Ubuntu ecosystem affecting hundreds of support libraries that may not align with Debian and cause breakages. Secondly, MX defaults to an init called SysVinit and many external packages will not work unless the host system boots with SystemD. Our Live system only uses SysVinit, however, once MX Linux is installed, users can choose to set SystemD as their default init.

  10. It is NOT polite to ask the same questions both here and in the forums as well. Your questions have been removed. Please use ONLY the Forum for the type of support you require

  11. Saludos, agradecido por su estupendo trabajo, con el MX-19.3_base_x64 (solo Xfce), esta version, me ha ayudado muchisimo con mi trabajo, me encuentro a la espera de la nueva version actualizada del MX19.4 Base solo Xfce. ¿Este tardara en estar disponible?. Gracias.

  12. Hi,
    AntiX user here.
    Trying MX for Systemd option. Does Base have systemd? Not seen in grub.cfg.
    Please make it clear in the Readme. Thanks. Great work!

  13. Hello
    I recently installed the base for someone else and had got an operating system not found type error after reboot.

    After some trial and error, I was gonna reinstall but first repartition the drive. Well in gparted I got a sense to check the flags and noticed that the boot flag was not checked.

    So I checked that box and granted updated the partition with that flag. Then instead of reinstalling again I rebooted the system again and wala booted into the OS.

    So just a heads up if anyone has this issue.

    So far the person loves it and it is only been some days ago. Thanks.

    • @Stephen K, I have seen this pop up a few times over the years, but never yet on MX Base. Seems it’s most frequently related to a particular hardware quirk and rarely a software error, unless the ISO was a bad download. I trust you checked the ISO after downloading it and checked the Live-USB after creation with the included tools? The key to installing any of our Live ISO’s is to boot live, check for and install all the updates !! before !! you run the installer. This will give you the latest installer if an update is available for it as well as all the fixes and improvements we’ve made since the ISO was created. When you then run the installer, it’ll be the latest version and the installed machine will be fully updated for it’s first run.

      This is the preferred modus operand because the patches will be applied in RAM memory so the update process will be faster than you’ve ever seen it, provided the machine had 4GB or more RAM.

      • @m_pav
        I had no issue with the main version, let alone the base, of needing to update the live environment.
        Maybe it was the hardware it was installing to and it’s version of the bios.
        I’ll give that a try next time to update before doing the installation.

        Was unaware you could update the live os, don’t the changes not stick when ur done with the live os?

        Otherwise, Thank you for the reply and suggestion. Will keep that in mind next time. Thanks again. Shalom.

        • If you have a fully featured Live USB created with MX Live USB Maker and your flash drive has enough space, (~2GB), you can do a live remaster to save the updated state to a new compressed file that contains the full system, with the updates integrated, and next time you run it, it’ll switch to using the new compressed file and saving the original with a .old extension, thereby giving you an updated Live USB.

          • @Michael Pavletich
            oh that sounds interesting.
            though i have the iso on a ventoy usb drive.
            not by the mx usb maker.

            though i recall installing the base else wheres without a hitch.
            thanks for the info, though. unless it was under 19.2.

  14. First of all, I love this base version. It has everything I need minus bloatware which I never used. By the way, I have 2 questions if you could answer. 1) Is this an official MX version? As I read somewhere you said its your “personal”. 2) When we can expect 19.4 base iso? In other note; my Lenovo wifi worked without any issues on 19.4 but it was not working with 19.3 (neither base, nor full). I think its because of the AHS support. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • By Version I mean release. So please read my first question as 1) Is this an official release? As I read somewhere you said its your “personal”.

  15. It’s not an official release. MX Base is a personal respin that was built with full consultation, assistance, direction and testing where necessary from the core dev team members. The Unique Starting/Selling Proposition of the base ISO’s is that nothing has been added to make them alien to the core MX builds and they have been built from the ground up using the same resources and tools used to build the official release versions.

    An AHS release has been built, but not released because it was my personal use version with apps particular to my interests, which is what I have been doing since I started with Linux back in 2001/2002. My plan was to build and release again when MX21 goes final.

    As for your Wifi device, I suspect that may have been due to using AHS with it’s newer hardware support, but as no system specs are provided, it is impossible to make an educated response. Please read my responses to Stephen K above about updating a fully featured Live-USB. You can get essentially the same as 19.4 by doing what I said in my responses to him.

  16. > My plan was to build and release again when MX21 goes final.

    Thank you very much! I don’t have enough skills to make MXBase ISO myself. I only use MX base as KVM guest for testing when I need GUI.

  17. hello! love your work. is there a way to install this system to my main hard drive? cant seem to find the installer, and command line attempts gave me a warning: you cant install it persistenly. thanks

    • on a fresh boot up, or with no windows opened on screen.
      one could do a right click on the desktop background, and a menu box should come up.
      then there should be an option to install system to hdd, or something of that nature.

      hopefully that was understandable and was helpful.
      depending if you haven’t resolved it already.

      shalom, cheers.

  18. i like this base version.
    let’s me put things on that i would use.
    without the extra software and make it personal to me.

    thanks for creating the base version. i appreciate it.
    i believe mx should consider on making this official.
    even if it’s there version of it, making it apart of the roster of choice.

    but that’s just my 2 cents.
    waiting for the next stable.
    thanks again.

  19. Wow. MX Base version is the best. This is what I’m looking for. I’m hoping the developer will create base version every time they release new. more power to you MX team.


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