MaXX Interactive Desktop for Linux - Release Indigo 2.0.1
Installation Guide for Debian 9+ distributions on Intel 64bit CPU architecture.
Release Notes for Indigo 2.0.1
- Better XFT and UTF8/Unicode support
- Improved version of winterm, adminterm and sshterm based on the new MXTerm and dynamic font face settings (font name + size)
- Improvements in libXt SGI Scheme loader
- 5Dwm v2.3 (multi-screen support with Xinerama)
- Recompiled all libraries and apps to support better application binary interface (ABI) across Linux distributions
- Revised Shutdown and Restart Admin-Screens (from toolchest)
- New configuration files in $HOME/.maxxdesktop to support Fonts, themes and other customization
- Command line tools to switch between CLASSIC and MODERN look and feel
- Custom XSettings Daemon and MaXX specific settings
- Support Dynamic GTK+ SGI Theme change
- New version of Nedit (called XNedit) with full unicode support and antialiased text rendering
- Toolchest dark SGI Scheme support for main-menu icon
- Introducing an 'user-based' X11 Resources settings and customization manager.
- Unified look and feel for both gmemusage and the new gr_osview2
- New version of gr_osview (based on xosview 2)
- Entire new 32 bit sub-systems and libraries to support 32 bit apps under MaXX Interactive Desktop (in a separate download)
- Some new/old SGI demos
- Many bug fixes and improvements
- Small fixes to improve compatibility and usability for: CentOS, Fedora and Ubuntu
These are below the prerequisites for installing and running MaXX and some older X11/Motif applications...
Disk space Requirements
75MB in /tmp partition (something it is part of the / 'root' partition)
465MB in /opt partition (something it is part of the / 'root' partition)
Software Package Requirements
$ sudo -s
# apt-get update
# apt-get install cpp
# apt-get install lib64ncurses5 lib64tinfo5
# apt-get install libxaw7
# apt-get install libgtk2
# apt-get install pavucontrol <-- Audio control panel in MaXX Desktop
// Older xfonts required as a backward compatibility safety net
# apt-get install xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi
// NEW as of Indy 1.1
# apt-get install fonts-dejavu
Then to install, simply download the installer and run it as root as describe below.
To install MaXX Interactive Desktop - Indigo Release
$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://maxxdesktop.arcadedaydream.com/Indigo-Releases/Installers/MaXX-Indigo-2.0.1-Installer.sh
$ chmod a+x MaXX-Indigo-2.0.1-Installer.sh
$ sudo -s
Post Installation Tasks
Run the following commands (NOT UNDER ROOT), from a terminal or console, to preserve your old configuation files and then to properly initialize your new MaXX Desktop environment.
$ cd $HOME
$ mv $HOME/.maxxdesktop $HOME/dot.maxxdesktop // just in case you already had MaXX Desktop Indy
Run the following commands (AS ROOT), from a terminal or console, to remove deprecated files from previous version of MaXX Desktop.
In case you modified them, then you probably know what your are doing...
$ sudo -s
# rm /usr/share/themes/IndigoMagic
# rm /usr/share/themes/Rio
# rm /usr/share/themes/Gotham
# rm /usr/share/themes/MaXX*
Log out and restart your computer to allow GDM to take into consideration the new addition ;)
Once your system is rebooted, you may choose
MaXX Intractive Desktop from GDM's available session menu, choose MaXX Desktop as your preferred Session and login :)
Congratulation and Welcome to MaXX Desktop!