MX Linux FAQS
- I hate the panel on the side! How can I move it to the top or bottom like I prefer?
- Can I use Ubuntu PPAs?
- Does MX have any social media presence?
- Should I leave MX Test, Debian Experimental or Multimedia repositories enabled?
- What's the deal with MX and systemd? How come there are still systemd packages installed?
- Why in the world do you have Flash installed?
- How long will a version of MX be supported?
- What's the best way to upgrade from one version of MX to another?
- I don't like XFCE. How can I install a different desktop?
- Can I use apps from another desktop on XFCE?
- I hear a lot about this Spectre and Meltdown stuff. Is MX secured? How can I check my system?
- Can I use Flatpaks, Snaps and Appimages?
- How can I add a button to the Panel for one-click logout/shutdown/restart?
- Lots of other distros are dropping their 32-bit versions. What about MX?
- What's the MX release cycle?
- I can't easily resize windows because the borders are too thin. Is there a way to do that?
- Does MX Linux have an IRC channel?
- How can I fix random login problems using Network Manager?
- There is no install icon on the desktop, so what do I do?
The MX Tweak tool makes moving it to your preferred position very easy.
Ubuntu is not Debian, so installing PPAs will likely cause problems. See this for more details: https://mxlinux.org/wiki/system/add-ppa-repository
Solution: Go to the request forum for your MX version, under Community Repository (CR), and ask our Packaging Devs if the PPA can be be ported or updated for our own repository.
MX has very active sites, see this list for details.
Leaving these repos permanently enabled will result in system instabilities and likely lead to a re-installation.
Solution: use the MX-Tools > Package Installer to install individual packages from selected repos.
Systemd is included by default but not enabled. For more information see the Users Manual Section 1.7 and the WIki article.
MX Linux is fundamentally user-oriented, so includes a certain amount of non-free software to assure that the system works out of the box as much as possible. Flash is easily uninstalled using the Package Installer.
We are currently supporting versions of MX from 14 through 17.1 through the Forum. MX 14 is based on Debian Wheezy, and wheezy LTS ceased being supported on 31 May 2018.
MX 15/16 will also be supported for several more years; currently we try and roll any new packages we can for that version too, but as it ages, that becomes less practical.
General support information is available in the Users Manual Section 1.4.
Instructions for migration of different MX versions can be found on the Migration page of the MX Community website.
A number of different desktops are available in the MX Package Installer under the category "Window Managers" and can be installed easily. Note that these desktops have not been adapted for MX in any way. For more information on the MX Package Installer please refer to the Users Manual Section 3.2.11.
Applications from Window Managers other than XFCE that are in the default repos can be installed. Very often they will bring in other applications and libraries that are dependencies of the application. In some cases full functionality of the installed application may not be achieved and will require some research on how to enable that functionality. Also the appearance of the application may not be consistent with the XFCE default theme.
You can check the status of the kernel in use by running spectre-meltdown-checker in a root terminal. You will need to install the package from the default Debian Repositories with Synaptic, the MX Package Installer or in a terminal with this command:
sudo apt install spectre-meltdown-checker
Patched kernels are available with status descriptions in the MX Package Installer > Popular Applications: Kernels
Current 32-bit kernels have no Meltdown mitigation and are vulnerable to the attacks. Users should choose MX 64bit if at all possible.
Stand-alone packages are different in that they are essentially independent from the particular OS and do not need to be installed. For details, consult these pages:
MX-18 ships with a logout button. For earlier versions: right-click the Panel > Panel > Add New Items, select Action Buttons, and click Add. Then right-click that newly created panel button > Properties and uncheck everything except what you want to see. Even faster if you leave confirmation unchecked.
MX has no plans to discontinue 32-bit releases for the foreseeable future.
We make an official release annually, and use that year for the release number (MX-17 was released at the end of 2017). Because we work closely with our sister distro antiX, and track Xfce developments as well, the release comes toward the end of the year.
Use Alt-F8 to grab the lower-right window corner and drag to the size you want.
No, we do not host an IRC Channel.
This is usually due to a known bug, see this Wiki article.
That happens sometimes, especially with personal snapshots. Press F4 to get a terminal, and enter
sudo -E /usr/sbin/minstall