New “Advanced Hardware Support” Repo (ahs for short)

The package team has been working on a special section of our main repo that will allow users to install things like new graphics stack and firmware, including updated mesa packages, xorg drivers, and the like. It also has updates to various graphics acceleration packages and some applications that may be able to make use of them.

The repo is called “Advanced Hardware Support” or “ahs”. (Pronounced Oz)

The idea is that for users with newer hardware, the user can enable the ahs repo and, unlike the “mx test” repo, leave it enabled. Only packages that do not cause conflicts with the current main kernel will go into “ahs”.

The target is those users with things like newer amdgpu hardware, or later intel graphics sets, or those requiring newer mesa packages. The primary focus is the graphics stack.

The ahs repo will only be manually enabled by users who choose to do so. There is a hope that this will help us migrate packages to main over time as the current debian base ages.

Note that new kernels will remain in test and dkms driver packages will also continue to go into test, so users may still need to install a later kernel (particularly amd users) but at least users won’t have to fiddle with enabling test everytime they want to install a package just because they updated their graphics stack.

To enable the repo, open up mx-repo-manager, go to the last tab, and enable the “ahs” repo. Its been added since the last mx-system update, and the mirrors should be populated by now. Then do a “dist-upgrade” to get the newer packages.

If the ahs repo never shows up with updates, then you can add it manually to the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list file wit the following definition.

#ahs hardware stack repo
#deb buster ahs

This new repo section is a little bit of an experiment. If you are perfectly happy with the stable repos and graphics stack, there is no real reason to add the ahs repo to your sources.

19 thoughts on “New “Advanced Hardware Support” Repo (ahs for short)”

  1. Habe immer noch probleme mit WLAN und Bluetooth. Rtl 8723 verbindet sich nur mit 72 mb/s und der Bluetooth Adapter wird nicht gefunden

  2. Holy shit !

    That’s like Ubuntu’s Hardware Enablement Stack, but for MX Linux.
    This is a very pleasant surprise to see that here.

    Well done and thank you so much guys !

  3. Какую версию лучше ставить? Эту или простую х64 бит? Ноутбук acer aspire f15. cpu i5-7200u
    gpu nvidia geforce 940mx gddr5. ram 8gb

  4. I think that this is something that all derivatives of Debian Stable may benefit from. The HWE stack is the only thing that I missed from Ubuntu. Thank you a LOT for your effort!

  5. Hola amigos, hace un par de días instale MX LInux 19.1 en una Mac mini
    2010 modelo A1347, son dos maquinas una con x64 y la otra x64 ahs,
    ambas trabajan bien y no veo diferencia alguna. los felicito por esta distro,
    porque han dado nueva vida a estas maquinitas. Adelante y éxitos.

  6. Ah… just discovered this “by accident” (sniffing around in my system).
    Sounds great. Will try soon in my test system.

    I have a quad boot: current system, backup system and test tysten (to fiiddle with) and Win 10 (barely used). I use timeshift to keep these in line. Can’t think of anything easier…

  7. I am muggle in this Field. I did not understood anything from above. All I understood is ahs has something to do with new amdgpu. I have a laptop with vega 8 gpu. I am currently installing mx linux ahs version. What do I have to do about the gpu to make it usable.

  8. I have a good system but have no idea of its internals and whether they match up with AHS. If I install the AHS version, and my system isn’t up to it, will it fail? Will it only enable those features my hardware supports? Is there some other way of testing my system to see if it’s AHS compatible?

  9. Mesa update is great. Big Thanks to MX Linux Team!
    Currently Mesa 20.1.5
    Debian Testing has 20.1.7
    Pretty close as a stable version.
    Hoping they continue updating stable buster packages to avoid get outdated.


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