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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is behind this?

The MaXX Interactive Desktop, also known as MaXX Desktop, is an all volunteer effort led by Eric Masson.

2. Does SGI know you are ripping off their UI?

Not only SGI knew, but they provide us a special  license. Refer to the License page for more details.


3. What license is the MaXX Desktop released under?

MaXX is a mix of proprietary, freeware and open source licenses such as the BSD license, GPL, LGPL, MIT and the Open Motif licenses.

4. Proprietary?

Yes for now, because of the license agreement with SGI, Inc. We are in the process of opening up the entire code base, however this will require time, finesse and proper execution. All new none SGI derivative code will make their way to our open-source GitLab repositories. However, MaXX Desktop is free, fast and stable.

5. What systems does the MaXX Desktop run on?

Linux x64 on Intel/AMD architectures. ARM 64 and RISC-V versions for MaXX Desktop are in the works... A FreeBSD x64 is in the works and will be available before end of 2020.  We had to drop support for the 32bit version, however all the MaXX Desktop libraries will be available as a separated download to allow 32bit applications to be built and deployed on MaXX Desktop x64.

6. How about OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, Haiku etc?

No plans at the moment, but it shouldn't be too hard once we have time and energy to focus on expanding MaXX Desktop to other Operating Systems.

7. Which Linux distributions are supported?

  • RedHat and CentOS 7 and above
  • Debian 8 and above
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and above
  • Fedora 28 and above
  • ArchLinux/Manjaro

8. What about Slackware, Gentoo, etc...

These distributions are not supported nor we can confirm that MaXX Desktop works out of the box.  This is  due to a lack of manpower. If you'd like to volunteer to help and test MaXX Desktop on these or other distributions, let us know.

Refer to the contact us page.