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CentOS 7 and RHEL 7 Installation Guide (x64)

Release Notes for Indigo 2.0.1

  • Better XFT and UTF-8/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 64 bit (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...

Storage 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

$ su -
# yum update
# yum install cpp
# yum install ncurses
# yum install libXaw
# yum install pavucontrol       <-- Audio control panel in MaXX Desktop
# yum install epel-release      <-- additional repo for cool CentOS packages

// Older xfonts required as a backward compatibility safety net
# yum install xorg-x11-fonts-misc.noarch  bitmap-fonts-compat.noarch (15MB)
# yum install xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi.noarch xorg-x11-fonts-100dpi.noarch (6MB)
# yum install xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-100dpi.noarch xorg-x11-fonts-ISO8859-1-75dpi.noarch (2MB)

// NEW as of Indy 1.1
# yum install adobe-source-code-pro-fonts adobe-source-sans-pro-fonts (6MB)  // optional
# yum install dejavu-sans-mono-fonts
# exit
required for Inventor and nice replacement of Microsoft fonts

dnf install liberation-fonts liberation-mono-fonts liberation-sans-fonts liberation-serif-fonts liberation-narrow-fonts


Then to install, simply download the installer and run it as root as described below.

To install MaXX Interactive Desktop - Indigo Release

$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ chmod a+x
$ su
# ./
# exit


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
$ /opt/MaXX/share/misc/HOME/

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*
# exit


Almost Done

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 Interactive Desktop from GDM's available session menu,  choose MaXX Desktop as your preferred Session and login :)

Congratulation and Welcome to MaXX Desktop!