Here are the migration paths to the current version of MX Linux from earlier versions.*

  • From MX-15 Beta 1 to Beta 2
    • ISO
      • Download the 386 or x64 delta for your architecture into the same folder where MX-15 Beta 1 is located
      • Open a terminal and issue the command below that corresponds to your architecture
        xdelta3 -d -s MX-15-b1_386-mx.iso b1-b2_386.delta MX-15-b2_386-mx.iso
        xdelta3 -d -s MX-15-b1_x64-mx.iso b1-b2_x64.delta MX-15-b2_x64-mx.iso
    • Installed
      Not recommended and not supported.
  • From MX-14.4 to MX-15: you're on your own!
  • From MX-Linux 14.3, two steps (one *a little* long) to MX-Linux 14.4. Step 1 upgrades the Desktop Environment from XFCE 4.10 to 4.12, while Step 2 brings in various changes and improvements:
    • Step 1:Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade.
      NOTE: If using MX Apt Notifier (the icon of a yellow box in the Notification Area) > 'View and Upgrade', the first line should read "apt-get dist-upgrade." If not, click the button on lower left labeled "switch to 'apt-get dist-upgrade' " before proceeding.! **
    • Step 2: Manual.
      • Install with Synaptic or command line:
        • faenza-cupertino-mini-icons
        • xfce4-power-manager-plugins
        • xfce4-dict
      • Open Settings Manager and make three changes
        • Click Appearance > Icons tab, and select Faenza-Cupertino-mini
        • Click Appearance > Style, and select Zukitwo
        • Click Window Manager, Style tab, and select Albatross. If it is not on the list, install the murrine-themes package
      • Edit the theme engine that is used
        • Navigate to /homed/yourusername/.config/ (a hidden file), and open Trolltech.conf
        • Scroll to the bottom, leave a free line, and add these two lines:
        • Save the file and close
      • Add a new plugin to the Panel
        • Right-click the Panel > Panel > Add New Items ...
        • Scroll down to select Power Manager Plugin
        • Move the plugin up between the logout icon and the Notification Area
      • Add two new Custom Actions to Thunar
        • Method 1
          • Open Thunar > Edit > Configure custom actions ...
          • Click on the "+" icon on the right side to create the new custom actions by imitating the settings in this file
        • Method 2
          • Copy the xml code in this file
          • Navigate in Thunar to ~/.config/Thunar/, and open the file uca.xml
          • Scroll down to the last line, insert a space above it, and paste the new text in
          • Save and close the file.
          • Check in Thunar > Edit > Configure custom actions ..., and verify that you now have two new actions at the bottom of the list called "Compute md5sum" and "Check data integrity"
      • Replace logout icon
        • Right-click the logout icon > Properties > Edit (icon at botton)
        • Click on the icon, and navigate to /usr/share/icons/Faenza-Cupertino-mini/actions/32/
        • Highlight lxde-logout.png and click OK, then exit.

    ** If you didn't select apt-get dist-upgrade and are then unable to log in as a result, consult the fix in this post.

    • From MX-Linux 14.2, two steps to MX-Linux 14.3:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade
      • Manual.
        • Install with Synaptic or command line:
          • mx-tools
          • mx-apps
        • Upgrade your kernel to 3.14 by following these directions.

    • From MX-Linux 14.1.1, one step to MX-Linux 14.2:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade

      People having trouble with Broadcom wireless chips should also reinstall broadcom-sta-dkms

    • From MX-Linux 14, two steps to MX-Linux 14.1.1:
      • Automatic. Synaptic: reload, mark all updates; or command line # apt-get dist-upgrade
      • Manual. Install with Synaptic or command line:
        • zukitwo-themes
        • gnome-brave-icons
        • mx-packageinstaller
        • mx-bootrepair
        • mx-switchuser
        • iceweasel

        After installation, 1) select new theme and icons with Settings Manager > Appearance; 2) make Iceweasel the default browser with Settings Manager > Preferred Applications; 3) remove metapackage-installer; 4) right-click Whisker menu > Properties, Behavior tab: under Commands, check the Switch Users box and enter in the command field "mx-switchuser" to get a small icon at the top of the menu.


      *NOTE: after migration, the MX version recorded by the system will remain that of your original installation.