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A Look and a Tweak or Two – MX Linux 19.3



In this episode of the CyberGizmo we explore MX Linux 19.3, and a bit of a play with the MX-tools and MX-Tweaks to customize the system

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16 thoughts on “A Look and a Tweak or Two – MX Linux 19.3

  1. Greetings form Germany and thanks for your great work!
    You can switch from kernel 4.19 to 5.8.0-2 without any Problems. And it works fine! Just choose it in the mx-packageinstaller. After that you have the option to switch between 4.19 and 5.8 at the boot menu. The Live-Iso maker works also very well.
    I switched from Debian10 to MX with Xfce and i'm very happy about it. In case and on my machines it is more stable than Debian 10 (nonfree). Backports and nonfree are installed by default and all without systemd – wich brought me failures quite often on Debian.
    I've tried lynis as you did. It came back with an index of 58 and some warnings: "WARNING]: Deprecated function used (logtext)" How can i get rid of these?

  2. I'm just curious, you were mentioning in the system requirements about how they recommended a 3d graphics card for gaming, and you chuckled about how someone is not going to use the 4300 processors to game with, and I will just say that was me a few years ago (not fun! lol), but I wanted to ask you if you play any video games yourself?

  3. Interesting features and very nice video on MX 19.3. Last week I a did interesting install of Gentoo via ssh from a host machine to a target computer, booted the target machine off a minimum Gentoo install usb. This a rather lazy way but a speedy way of pasting in install commands from both my notes and the Gentoo manual. The Gentoo system is running very solid with xfce4 desktop and spectrwm window manger X graphics. This is great way to reduce typo errors.. 🙂

    Target and host computer system setups. My host machine is Archlinux.. Pick your own Linux system..
    1. usb minimum install boot Gentoo on the target then setup the root on the target computer with a new password.
    2. passwd

    Use ifconfig for the network ip address note your address inet 10.0.0.52 for host machine ssh root login..
    3. ifconfig

    eno1: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
    inet 10.0.0.52 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 10.0.0.255
    inet6 fe80::4495:aa45:7202:86e prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20<link>
    inet6 2601:702:c180:e090:bd89:ddf:1ae2:30c0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x0<global>
    ether 70:4d:7b:b6:29:8a txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
    RX packets 16589 bytes 13354335 (12.7 MiB)
    RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
    TX packets 19642 bytes 2425921 (2.3 MiB)
    TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
    device interrupt 20 memory 0xfb400000-fb420000

    4. Start sshd usb booted machine target
    rc-service sshd start

    5. On the running host machine in a terminal
    ssh [email protected] (10.0.0.52)

    6. On the host machine open your web browser with a terminal ssh window side by side, go to the Gentoo install website manual, read, follow the appropriate commands for a Gentoo Install via copy & paste or with your own edits.

    In the future I plan doing a LFS install this way…
    make.conf setup is critical !! My example starting point on the target machine…
    —-8><—-
    Linux — Gentoo make.conf

    # These settings were set by the catalyst build script that automatically
    # built this stage.
    # Please consult /usr/share/portage/config/make.conf.example for a more
    # detailed example.
    COMMON_FLAGS="-march=native -O2 -pipe"
    CFLAGS="${COMMON_FLAGS}"
    CXXFLAGS="${COMMON_FLAGS}"
    FCFLAGS="${COMMON_FLAGS}"
    FFLAGS="${COMMON_FLAGS}"

    MAKEOPTS="-j8 -l8"
    PORTAGE_NICENESS="1"
    EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS="–jobs=8 –load-average=8 –with-bdeps y –complete-graph y"
    FEATURES="candy fixlafiles unmerge-orphans parallel-install"
    ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~amd64"
    USE="-wayland -kde -gnome -consolekit -python_targets_python2_7 -systemd python_targets_python3_7 elogind dbus pulseaudio X"

    # NOTE: This stage was built with the bindist Use flag enabled
    PORTDIR="/var/db/repos/gentoo"
    DISTDIR="/var/cache/distfiles"
    PKGDIR="/var/cache/binpkgs"

    # This sets the language of build output to English.
    # Please keep this setting intact when reporting bugs.
    LC_MESSAGES=C

  4. Hello DJ Ware. I would love to see a short video from you about System-d vs SysVinit. You know, the pros/cons of each? That would be totally cool for folks such as myself who have only been using Linux for a few years, and may not know why one is "worse" or "better" than the other. Thanks for all the great vids.

  5. [EDIT/UPDATE]: Never mind. I was going off what I see in the grub menu on boot. After updating my system yesterday and today, inxi -S identifies my distro as 19.3; reflected in grub menu on reboot after I ran sudo update-grub in the terminal. In fairness, I am feeling fluish for the past few days.

    I cannot say for certain, as I am still running the 5.6 (Debian) kernel, having started with MX 19 and the 4.19 (Debian) kernel; upgrading to the 5.4 (Debian) kernel and including the testing repos in my sources, shortly before the release of 19.1 AHS, resulted in system identification as 19.1 AHS (upon its release). Similarly, upgrading to the 5.6 (Debian) kernel coincided with identification as 19.2 AHS… where it remains, as of today. I suspect upgrading to the 5.8 (Debian) kernel would result in another increment of the minor version.

  6. People talk about wanting performance, but on today's modern hardware, I can't think of any distro where you get a poor performance. Stability is different, and the only horrendous distro out there is obviously OpenSuse. No end of trouble with that. Reformatted that machine with Arch (bleeding edge), and have no issues at all. But MX looks really nice. Definitely worth a look. Thanks for the video.

  7. Thanx DJ! Exactly the 4.19 kernel made me leave Bunsenlabs, although I liked my first meet-up with Debian. So this version of MX looks pretty neat. i'll check it out. Keep up the good work!

  8. Finally I learned two very interesting things. The first one is need restart. But, by far the most important one was the change from root to user.
    I had a lot of difficulty starting some programs because of mate-polkit.
    Problems solved !!!! Wonderful!!! What a great and productive day because of you!

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