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MX FAQs

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 18.3 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:
Appimages
Flatpaks
Snaps

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

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6 thoughts on “MX FAQs”

  1. Looking on the web for ways to create a bootable USB with Persistence I have found two methods described, none of which seem to apply to MX-18. Where can I find an up to date guide?

  2. Ironically, the only way I could make a bootable iso was sing RUFUS in Windows. I tried to find a way in Ubuntu-MATE, but nothing worked! If you have a windows device, that may be your best bet. Sadly.

  3. @richard , use the gnome-disk-utility, that’s installed by issuing the `apt install gnome-disk-utility` command via the terminal.

  4. I used RUFUS to create the bootable USB. Then I believe I selected advanced boot options on the MX boot menu. One of the options was persistence saving root and home on logout. It is working fine.

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