MX Linux 19.1 Released with New “Advanced Hardware Support” ISO

MX Linux 19.1

The Debian-based MX Linux distribution has been updated to version 19.1, the first update to the MX Linux 19 series launched last year in October adding improvements and updated components.

MX Linux 19.1 is here mostly as an up-to-date installation media for the MX Linux 19 “Patito Feo” series. However, it brings an important change, namely a brand new ISO image that includes newer kernel and graphics stack for newer AMD and Intel hardware.

Called “Advanced Hardware Support” or AHS for short, the new ISO image accompanies the regular 64-bit and 32-bit ISOs, which include Linux kernel 4.19 LTS. In this release, the AHS ISO image ships with the long-term supported Linux 5.4 kernel and Mesa 19.2 graphics stack, which should support installations of MX Linux on newer computers.

“We debuted the AHS repository sometime ago, and we thought the time was right for an ISO with the AHS repo enabled by default. AHS is a little untested, but the idea is that it will receive updates to the graphics stack over time,” explain the devs.

antiX repository no longer included in MX Linux

Another important change in the MX Linux 19.1 release is the fact that the ISO images no longer include the antiX repository. This was made to allow both the antiX and MX communities to have more flexibility over the development of their packages and it does not affect the end user.

Among the updated packages included in MX Linux 19.1, there’s the Mozilla Firefox 73 web browser, VLC 3.0.8 media player, Clementine 1.3.1 music player, Mozilla Thunderbird 68.4.0 email and news client, GIMP 2.10.12 image editor, and LibreOffice 6.1.5 office suite.

This release is based on the software repositories of Debian GNU/Linux 10.3 “Buster” and uses the latest Xfce 4.14 desktop environment by default. Users will also find the in-house built MX-Fluxbox as an alternate window manager, a derivative of Fluxbox optimized for MX Linux.

Source: MX Linux

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