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Ubuntu 18.04+ Installation Guide (x64)

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 anti-aliased 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 libgtk2.0-0
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
chmod a+x
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*


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!