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Downgrade LO

Libeoffice is more complicated to downgrade since it has so many pieces that the usual method of using Synaptic > Package > Force Version will not work. If you want to drop it down, these steps will work:

1. Remove libreoffice-common, which will remove just about all the rest of the pieces.

2. Weed out anything left (maybe help files or dictionaries) by using Synaptic to list LO by version


In addition to snaps and flatpaks, another universal, cross-distro package format is AppImage. Like the others, this also bundles all the runtime libraries, so they are vastly larger than a native package.

Most AppImages are only available in 64-bit format, and using them involves the following steps:

How to hide boot output


If you do not want to see the terminal output during boot up and shut down, here is a method from user cpoakes that eliminates ALL output from the SysV processes (the init process will still display messages for the run level changes).


1. Add this (terse) line to /etc/default/rcS:

[ "$init" ] && grep -qw hush /proc/cmdline && exec >> /run/rc.log 2>&1 || true

Firefox tips and tricks

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1. Install language packs: use MX Package Installer > Language, and select and install what you need

2. Add the add-on: a small colored notice will appear in the upper right corner. Click on it and then click to add.

3. Enabling. Firefox 59 on:

  • Type about:config in the addres bar
  • Create a new string with this name:




A symlink (=symbolic link) is a special kind of file that points to another file, like a shortcut.

Custom action

Xfce provides a [[custom action]] for symlink that is supplied by default with MX Linux: right-click what you want to link to (the target) and select symlink; copy that symlink and paste it where you want to link from (the source).

An alternative has been developed by user kmathern that is simpler and more intuitive:


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