No, but whenever possible migration details are made available to allow users to avoid reinstalling. When the Debian base has changed or a new Xfce version is released (both of which occurred with MX-19), then reinstalling is needed for continued reliable use. Details in Users Manual, Section 1.6, and the Wikipedia article.
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 likely result in system instabilities and lead to a re-installation.
Solution: use the MX-Tools > Package Installer to install individual packages from selected repos.
Systemd is included in order to allow some important applications to run, but it is not enabled by default. For more information see the Users Manual Section 1.7 and the Wiki article.
Use MX Codecs Installer.
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. For more information on the MX Package Installer please refer to the Manual Section 3.2.11 on Package Installer: https://mxlinux.org/user_manual_mx19/mxum.pdf
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, especially since the upgrade to Xfce 4.14.
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 or the MX Package Installer.
Patched kernels are available with status descriptions in the MX Package Installer > Manage Popular packages under the Kernels category.
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. Alternatively, install a theme (Settings > Appearance) with larger borders.
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