Migration

Here are the migration paths to the current version of MX Linux from earlier versions.*

  • From MX-17 Final, MX-17.1 or MX-18 RC1 to MX-18. Update will be automatic through the normal update process. Optional steps:
    • The new 4.19 kernel will not be installed automatically. If you want the kernel, there is an entry under MX-Package Installer > Popular Apps > Kernels > MX 4.19
    • The new artwork will not be installed automatically. If you want the new artwork, install from the MX-Package Installer > Popular Apps > Wallpapers > MX 18 Wallpapers
    • There are new grub themes available on the MX 18 iso, although they are not used by default. If you want to try them, they are available under MX-Package Installer > Popular Apps > Themes > grub-themes-mx. The themes will be selectable in MX-Boot-Options
    • The Thunar custom actions have been redone for MX 18. If you want the new actions, use the "Reset Thunar Custom Actions " tool on the Config Options tab of MX-Tweak.
    • The lightdm (login screen) has been updated. If you would like the new theme, use the "Reset Lightdm " tool on the Config Options tab of MX-Tweak.
    • There are some new conkies and others have been revised; you can copy them from /usr/share/mx-conky-data/themes to ~/.conky/
    • The default backgrounds for grub and splash are new; use MX Boot Options to select those with the word "linen"
  • From MX-17 Final or MX-17.1 RC1 to MX-17.1 Final. Run dist-upgrade through MX Updater or in a terminal. Optional steps:
    • Use MX Package Installer to install new kernel MX 4.15
    • Select MX-Gold wallpaper in the usual way: right-click the desktop > Desktop Settings where you should be looking at the default /usr/share/backgrounds
    • Launch MX Conky, and note the popup that appears. Click on the link /usr/share/mx-conky-data/themes, open the Default folder and copy Hermoso_sys_mx171 to your hidden conky folder in Home
  • From MX-17 RC 1 to MX-17 Final. Run full upgrade through MX Apt Notifer or in a terminal.
  • From MX-17 Betas to MX-17 Final. Running dist-upgrade through MX Apt Notifer or in a terminal will work, but not produce MX-17 Final as released.
  • From MX-16 or MX-16.1 (or earlier) to MX-17. Not supported because of base shift from Debian 8 to 9.
  • From MX-16 (or MX-16.1 b1 and rc1) to MX-16.1. Run dist-upgrade through MX Apt Notifer or in a terminal. Details here.
  • From MX-16 RC 1 to MX-16 Final. Running dist-upgrade either through MX Apt Notifer or in a terminal, and installing mx-apps and timeset-gui, will carry you through.
  • From MX-16 Beta 1 to MX-16 Final. Not supported.
  • From MX-15 to MX-16 Final. Make sure that your MX15 install is fully upgraded and then search in MX Package Installer for Migration. Details here.
  • From MX-15 RC 1 to MX-15 Final. Running dist-upgrade either through MX Apt Notifer or in a terminal will carry you through.
  • From MX-15 Beta 2 to RC 1 Not recommended and not supported.
  • From MX-15 Beta 1 to Beta 2
    • ISO
      • Download the 386 or x64 delta for your architecture into the same folder where MX-15 Beta 1 is located
      • Open a terminal and issue the command below that corresponds to your architecture xdelta3 -d -s MX-15-b1_386-mx.iso b1-b2_386.delta MX-15-b2_386-mx.iso xdelta3 -d -s MX-15-b1_x64-mx.iso b1-b2_x64.delta MX-15-b2_x64-mx.iso
    • Installed Not recommended and not supported.
  • From MX-14.4 to MX-15: you're on your own!
  • From MX-Linux 14.3, two steps (one *a little* long) to MX-Linux 14.4. Step 1 upgrades the Desktop Environment from XFCE 4.10 to 4.12, while Step 2 brings in various changes and improvements:
    • Step 1:Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. NOTE: If using MX Apt Notifier (the icon of a yellow box in the Notification Area) > 'View and Upgrade', the first line should read "apt-get dist-upgrade." If not, click the button on lower left labeled "switch to 'apt-get dist-upgrade' " before proceeding.! **
    • Step 2: Manual.
      • Install with Synaptic or command line:
        • faenza-cupertino-mini-icons
        • xfce4-power-manager-plugins
        • xfce4-dict
      • Open Settings Manager and make three changes
        • Click Appearance > Icons tab, and select Faenza-Cupertino-mini
        • Click Appearance > Style, and select Zukitwo
        • Click Window Manager, Style tab, and select Albatross. If it is not on the list, install the murrine-themes package
      • Edit the theme engine that is used
        • Navigate to /homed/yourusername/.config/ (a hidden file), and open Trolltech.conf
        • Scroll to the bottom, leave a free line, and add these two lines: [Qt] style=GTK+
        • Save the file and close
      • Add a new plugin to the Panel
        • Right-click the Panel > Panel > Add New Items ...
        • Scroll down to select Power Manager Plugin
        • Move the plugin up between the logout icon and the Notification Area
      • Add two new Custom Actions to Thunar
        • Method 1
          • Open Thunar > Edit > Configure custom actions ...
          • Click on the "+" icon on the right side to create the new custom actions by imitating the settings in this file
        • Method 2
          • Copy the xml code in this file
          • Navigate in Thunar to ~/.config/Thunar/, and open the file uca.xml
          • Scroll down to the last line, insert a space above it, and paste the new text in
          • Save and close the file.
          • Check in Thunar > Edit > Configure custom actions ..., and verify that you now have two new actions at the bottom of the list called "Compute md5sum" and "Check data integrity"
      • Replace logout icon
        • Right-click the logout icon > Properties > Edit (icon at botton)
        • Click on the icon, and navigate to /usr/share/icons/Faenza-Cupertino-mini/actions/32/
        • Highlight lxde-logout.png and click OK, then exit.
  • ** If you didn't select apt-get dist-upgrade and are then unable to log in as a result, consult the fix in this post.
    People having trouble with Broadcom wireless chips should also reinstall broadcom-sta-dkms
    • From MX-Linux 14.2, two steps to MX-Linux 14.3:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade
      • Manual.
        • Install with Synaptic or command line:
          • mx-tools
          • mx-apps
        • Upgrade your kernel to 3.14 by following these directions.
    • From MX-Linux 14.1.1, one step to MX-Linux 14.2:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade
    • From MX-Linux 14, two steps to MX-Linux 14.1.1:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade
      • Manual. Install with Synaptic or command line: After installation, 1) select new theme and icons with Settings Manager > Appearance; 2) make Iceweasel the default browser with Settings Manager > Preferred Applications; 3) remove metapackage-installer; 4) right-click Whisker menu > Properties, Behavior tab: under Commands, check the Switch Users box and enter in the command field "mx-switchuser" to get a small icon at the top of the menu.
        • zukitwo-themes
        • gnome-brave-icons
        • mx-packageinstaller
        • mx-bootrepair
        • mx-switchuser
        • iceweasel
    • ----- *NOTE: after migration, the MX version recorded by the system will remain that of your original installation.