Linux in The News 8-2-21
Linux in The News 8-2-21

Linux in The News 8-2-21

MX Linux 21 Beta Released

MX Linux 21 is an exciting release considering it is now built on top of Debian 11 “Bullseye” and also comes with the new Xfce 4.16 desktop environment.

MX-21 beta 1 now available for testing purposes

July 28, 2021

MX-21 beta 1 is now available for testing. MX-21 is built from debian-bullseye and MX repositories.

Things that are new in the beta 1:

New and updated applications
New installer partition selection area, including some lvm support if lvm volume exists already
New UEFI live system boot menus. Now you can select your live boot options (persistence, etc…) from the boot menu and submenus rather than using the previous console menus.
Xfce 4.16
User password (sudo) for admin tasks by default. You can switch this in mx-tweak->Other tab.
Many small configuration changes, particularly on the panel with new default panel plugins.

With this beta 1 release, we are particularly interested in testing the new UEFI live system boot menus as well as testing the installer. Virtualbox testing is welcome, but we are looking for edge cases on real hardware for the most part.

Known issues:

  • the wallpaper is a little busy and the current conky gets washed out a little. looks better on some screens than on others. That will get worked out after default wallpaper is chosen.
  • 32bit iso only : there is an error message when you boot the iso in virtualbox. also the virtualbox guest additions are not pre-installed on the 32 bit iso.
  • MX Package Installer: test repo and backports tabs will not display anything, for obvious reasons, the repos don’t exist or are empty at this time. Feel free to test popular application installations though.

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