MX Linux 19.2 is official: Debian stable, super customized

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The developers announced last October MX Linux 19 “Patito Feo”, which in Italian stands for “ugly duckling”. This second point release is based on Debian 10.4 “Buster” while the previous version (MX 18) was based on Debian 9.6 “Stretch”. MX has been very successful and has long been at the top of the hits per day (HPD), on the popular site DistroWatch. Born from the collaboration between the project antiX and the community of MEPIS, the Debian derivative is designed to bring an elegant desktop to users’ PCs, stable and easily configurable. We talked about MX Linux recently by comparing it with Manjaro Linux. If you missed the comparison, you can recover it here, I also recommend reading the debate that arose under the article. MX Linux 19.2 it has been available for a few hours and introduces small improvements, security patches, bug fixing…

MX Linux 19.2

The new ISO images are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit and are based on Linux kernel 4.19 and on Xfce 4.14. Compared to the past, a novelty consists in the auto-update of the Linux kernel from the Debian repo.

If you have ever used MX Linux you will know that there are several MX-Apps pre-installed on board that allow you to do different things quickly and without installing third-party apps. The MX apps in MX 19.2 have been updated:

  • mx-installer: new commands and new “live-log” tab in the GUI;
  • mx-packageinstaller: new dialog boxes for confirming operations with flatpak and apt;
  • conky-manager is mx-conky-date: bug fixes and small improvements;
  • MX-Fluxbox: MXFB has received many updates, including predefined menus, updated art work, new vertical launch bar, updated documents and a new tool to manage desktop idesk settings.

This release, which does not need to be installed if you are already using MX 19 or 19.1, all updates are available in the regular update channel, has several updated packages:

  • GIMP 2.10.12
  • MESA 18.3.6
  • Firefox 76 (even though Firefox 77 just came out!)
  • VLC 3.0.10
  • Clementine 1.3.1
  • Thunderbird 68.6.1
  • LibreOffice 6.1.5 (version 6.4 is available in MX-Packageinstaller-> Popular Apps)

The Advanced Hardware Support (AHS) version was released with the Linux 5.6 kernel, Mesa 20 and an updated firmware package.

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