MX-14: MX Applications

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This page provides help and information about applications developed specifically for MX Linux to save the user effort with important repetitious tasks often involving unintuitive steps. Check out also this great video on MX Apps!

MX Apt-notifier

This extremely handy and versatile applet monitors package updates and notifies you when they are available with a green arrow above the yellow box. When the arrow appears, there two ways to proceed. NOTE: we follow here the default setup when upgrades are available, but the actions triggered by left- or right-clicking the mouse can be reversed in Preferences.

Options via RC:

Help for Synaptic is available from the context menu.

License: here

MX Boot repair

This little application offers you options to fix a system where the boot has become non-functional--for instance, after a directory has been moved or deleted.

*The term legacy boot refers to a boot system that relies on the BIOS rather than UEFI.

License: here

MX Check Apt GPG

Apt (Apt-get) includes package authentication in order to improve security. You can still install non-authenticated packages, but you will run into an error: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available. This helpful utility saves carrying out the many steps necessary to obtain that key.

License: here

MX Codecs Installer

This application allows easy installation of certain restricted codecs while transferring the responsibility to the user. A codec is a piece of software that enables encoding/decoding a digital data stream or signal. Most codecs will be installed in MX-14 by multimedia applications such as VLC. There are two codecs, however, whose use is restricted in some jurisdictions. As a result, the end-user must assume responsibility for downloading and installing them

License: here

MX Find Shares

This simple but handy utility shows all shares, i.e., computer resources available to a user's machine. When launched, the app displays a table with machines and shares listed by networked group, both local and remote. It is particularly useful when trying to set up Samba or NFS.

License: here

MX Flash Manager

This application facilitates the installation, removal and especially the updating of Flash players.

Adobe Flash Player

This Player is proprietary software distributed by Adobe without charge. It permits the viewing and streaming of multimedia content, and is familiar to users in the form of online videos, games and animations. You can adjust its behavior by clicking Start menu > Settings > Adobe Flash Player.

For all of its popularity, the Adobe Flash Player raises concerns for Linux users.

The MX Flash Manager is designed to make it as easy as possible for the user to manage these concerns. It can be scheduled with a single click to automatically update to the latest Flash version. Older processors that require a different version because they do not implement the current instruction set (sse2) will be detected and provided with the latest correct version. Note that you can adjust the Flash settings to your level of security by clicking Start menu > Settings > Adobe Flash Player.


The PepperFlash Player is maintained by Google and is newer than Adobe Flash Player. Adobe currently only provides security fixes for Adobe Flash Player, while Google provides newer features in PepperFlash Player. It comes installed in Google Chrome. In Chromium, it is provided by the pepperflashplugin-nonfree package. It takes precedence in Chrome/Chromium over the Adobe Flash Player if both Flash plugins are installed on your system.

License: here

MX Package Installer

With this application you can install popular packages in a simplified manner. This ability is particularly useful for MX-14, since the CD-size limit imposed on the OS restricts the number of applications that can be provided by default. It is also very handy for installing language packs, which can be troublesome to chase down with other methods. See also the video on this (under its previous name metapackge-installer).

Operation is straightforward.

If you would like to suggest changes in the package list, please post on the MX Forum.

License: here

MX Snapshot

This tool makes a copy of your running system and creates an ISO from it. The ISO can be put on a LiveMedium in the usual manner. To then install from the LiveMedium, open a root terminal and enter the command: minstall.


The first screen shows the available space using the default settings. It is recommended that the free space for the snapshot be at least equal to the used space in / (root) and /home partitions. (The created ISO file will be compressed, so you might be able to do with a little bit less than that.) If that is not the case, use the buttons below to change to a directory with more free space.

Settings options

License: here

MX Switch User

This tiny but handy tool allows a user to switch out of the current session into a session of another user, without needing to log out and then back in. Sessions can be switched back and forth using Ctrl-Alt-F7 for the original user, and Ctrl-Alt-F8 for the second user.

The tool can be run conveniently by clicking on the users icon at the top of the Start menu; if not present, RC the Menu icon > Properties > Behavior tab, check the Switch Users box and enter the command mx-switchuser.

License: here

MX User Manager

This application aids in adding, editing, removing users and groups in your system. Everything in Linux runs under a specific user, and each user's permissions govern whether and how it runs. The superuser ("root") can create users, give them specific passwords, restrict what they can do, etc.

Moreover, each user belongs to one or more groups. New users are automatically added to these groups: lp, dialout, cdrom, floppy, sudo, audio, dip, video, scanner, plugdev, users, fuse, lpadmin and netdev. In addition, some applications when installed (VirtualBox, for example) will create a new usergroup, but may or may not add users to it.

The application has 5 tabs.

License: here